Michael Strahan Receives His Gold Jacket
Canton, Ohio-A sea of football fans, family members and friends made up the more than 4,000 people who gathered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket Dinner Friday night in the Canton Cultural Center and Civic Center. Millions more watched as the NFL Network carried the event.
The Gold Jacket is one of three symbols the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees received as part of their induction. The ring and the bust are the other two symbols.
Michael Strahan was the final inductee to cross the stage and the crowd went wild has he made his way to the stage. The Texas Southern alumnus was presented by his longtime friend Fox’s Jay Glazer. Strahan’s family watched this historic event with pride and amazement.
Strahan was obviously the most sought after inductee as the crowds and camera men surrounded him and his family as they celebrated. Strahan made his family and TSU proud!
This capacity crowd was wined and dined then treated to one of the most spectacular off-the-field sights in pro football. More than one-hundred of the world’s best athletes/Hall of Famers were brought center stage and introduced one by one. NFL greats like Jim Kelly, Evan Hayes, “Mean” Joe Green, Warren Sapp, Warren Moon, Art Shell, Deion Sanders, Lynn Swann, Thurman Thomas, Lawrence Taylor, Bobby Bell, Elvin Bethea, Terry Bradshaw, Marshall Faulk, Mike Ditka, Ken Houston, Franco Harris and many, many more.
As a part of the program, pro football’s elite formed double lines on opposite sides of the stage for the Class of 2014 Inductees to walk through. Each of the seven enshrinees took their walk of welcome into “the club” of Pro Football Hall of Fame…receiving hugs and hand-shakes as they made their emotional journey to center stage to receive their gold Jacket.
The seven inductees stood center stage as the crowd showed their appreciation with a standing ovation. And when the national television broadcast ended, the celebration continued with cheers, pictures, hugs and tears.