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They spend time on air talking aobut football. This week, NFL Network will be honoring them.

Honoring some of the NFL’s greatest legends, including three of their own analysts, NFL Network will provide seven hours of live Pro Football Hall of Fame coverage Saturday, August 5 from Canton, Ohio beginning at 4 p.m. (All times listed are Eastern)

Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls will be highlighted by the induction of three NFL Network analysts, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner and Terrell Davis. With these inductions, NFL Network doubles its number of Hall of Famers to six total (Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin) – far surpassing the number of Hall of Fame analysts on staff at any other network in the industry.

Tomlinson, Warner and Davis will be welcomed to the hall alongside fellow inductees Kenny Easley, Jason Taylor, Morten Andersen and Jerry Jones during the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony which airs live on NFL Network at 7 p.m.

Coverage will kick off on Friday, August 4 at 8 p.m. with Players Only: Hall of Fame. The one-hour program features a discussion with NFL Network’s six Hall of Fame analysts – Tomlinson, Warner, Davis, Faulk, Sanders and Irvin – about their time in the NFL and what they are most looking forward to about the Enshrinement ceremony.

On Friday at 9 p.m., NFL Network will air the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket Ceremony, followed by a look back at the most iconic career moments of 2017’s Hall of Fame Class during a special edition of Eternal Red Zone at 10 p.m At 10:30 p.m., Tomlinson, Warner and Davis visit training camps of their former teams in Back 2 Camp, followed by a live edition of NFL Total Access at 11 p.m.

On Saturday, August 5, coverage begins at 4 p.m. with Hall of Fame Saturday from Canton, Ohio. Host Rich Eisen, Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci and Steve Wyche anchor the three-hour show.

Featured on the three-hour show:

The moment Hall of Fame President David Baker knocked on the doors of LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner and Terrell Davis to welcome them to the Hall Tomlinson, Warner and Davis take an introspective look back at their careers

A live interview with the ‘Cowboys Triplets’ Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin as they reflect on the legacy of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

An in-depth look at how the football life of Jerry Jones intersected with history

Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre shares his memories about the Packers’ rookie quarterback who was cut from the practice squad in 1994, Kurt Warner

A debate on current players who could enter the Hall of Fame now and those that still have work to do

Discussion on the running back who deserves induction next

After the show, a special live edition of NFL Total Access airs recapping the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.

NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated morning show Good Morning Football will air live from Canton, Ohio Thursday, August 3 – Saturday, August 5 at 7 p.m., with Kay Adams, Nate Burleson, Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt.

Fans can watch NFL Network’s Hall of Fame coverage on their smartphone through NFL Mobile from Verizon, as well as other digital platforms through Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (, Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV).

Digitally, VOD content of all eight enshrinements will be available, as well as a collection of the best Hall of Fame speeches from previous years. Additionally, Around the NFL writers will provide written pieces on each enshrinee.

Tomlinson played 11 seasons in the NFL (San Diego Chargers and New York Jets), amassing 13,684 career rushing list – fifth most in NFL history – as well as 145 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns. Tomlinson spent nine of his 11 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2006 after setting the NFL’s single-season rushing touchdown record (28).

A two-time league MVP, Warner played 12 seasons in the NFL (St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals), amassing 32,344 career passing yards and 208 passing touchdowns. In 1999, Warner led the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Davis played eight seasons with the Denver Broncos, amassing 7,607 career rushing yards and 60 rushing touchdowns. A two-time Super Bowl champion with the Broncos, Davis was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1998 after rushing for 2,008 yards.

2017 Pro Football Enshrinement Ceremony – Saturday, August 5 at 7 p.m. Eastern

At 7 p.m., NFL Network provides live coverage of the 2017 Pro Football Enshrinement Ceremony.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 presenters:

Morton Andersen (Sebastian Andersen, Son)
Terrell Davis (Neil Schwartz, Agent & Friend)
Kenny Easley  (Tommy Rhodes, High School Coach)
Jerry Jones (Gene Jones, Wife)
Jason Taylor (Jimmy Johnson, Dolphins Coach)
LaDainian Tomlinson (Lorenzo Neal, Chargers Teammate)
Kurt Warner (Brenda Warner, Wife)

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It’s football season, kids!

Well, preseason football anyway and this weekend will be a celebration of both the past and present. That’s the agenda this weekend in Canton, Ohio, birthplace of the NFL.

First, the past is saluted with the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday at 7 p.m. Eastern on NFL Network and ESPN. History will be at the forefront as the Hall of Fame class of 2015 is inducted, sporting their new gold Hall jackets in front of returning Hall of Famers and thousands of fans.

“This is a wonderfully spectacular tradition, one of the greatest in all of sports,” says Hall of Fame president David Barker. “Nowhere can fans see so many of the greatest heroes of the game in one place at one time. There’s no better way to kick off the NFL season.”

The Hall of Fame class of 2015:

Jerome Bettis – RB; 1993-95 Rams, 1996-2005 Steelers
Tim Brown – WR/KR/PR; 1988-2003 Raiders, 2004 Buccaneers
Charles Haley – DE/LB; 1986-1991, 1999 49ers, 1992-96 Cowboys
Bill Polian – Contributor; 1978-1982 Chiefs, 1984-1992 Bills, 1993-94 NFL, 1995-97 Panthers, 1998-2011 Colts
Junior Seau – LB/ 1990-2002 Chargers, 2003-05 Dolphins, 2006-09 Patriots
Will Shields – G; 1993-2006 Chiefs
Mick Tingelhoff – C; 1962-1978 Vikings
Ron Wolf – Contributor; 1963-1974, 1979-1989 Raiders, 1966 AFL, 1976-78 Buccaneers, 1990-91 Jets, 1991-2001 Packers


Always of interest are the names of the “presenters” of the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees on their special day.

Jerome Bettis selected his brother John Bettis III to represent him.

“My brother has been the biggest Steeler fan in the world since we were kids,” Bettis told the Pittsburgh Gazette, KDKA-TV and USA Today. “All he wanted was for me to play for the Steelers and when that opportunity came there was nobody happier than my brother. He’s been my biggest fan, my biggest supporter my entire career.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015 presenters:

Jerome Bettis – John Bettis III, Brother
Tim Brown – Donald Kelly, Brother
Charles Haley – Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Former 49ers owner
Bill Polian – Marv Levy, HOF coach
Junior Seau – Sydney Seau, Daughter
Will Shields – Adrian Lunsford, Friend
Mick Tingelhoff – Fran Tarkenton, Teammate & HOF QB
Ron Wolf – Eliot Wolf, Son

Then on Sunday night, it’s back to football with the first game of the year (yes, there’s a football game… were you paying attention?) – the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game at 8 p.m. Eastern at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on NBC – when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings meet.

The NFL is launching a year-long celebration of the Super Bowl to commemorate Super Bowl 50, which will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The “On The Fifty” platform is designed to link the past 49 Super Bowls with this year’s game and honor the teams, players, coaches, fans and communities that have been a part of those games. The 2015 NFL schedule will feature several Super Bowl rematches, beginning with Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game featuring Pittsburgh and Minnesota in a Super Bowl IX rematch. The regular-season schedule includes 19 Super Bowl rematches.

Sunday also marks the debut of the NFL’s new rules governing extra-point attempts. The extra point attempt will now be snapped from the 15-yard line, while two point-conversions will remain at the two-yard line. Additionally, the defense will be able to return a blocked kick, interception or fumble for two points.

The NFL/Hall of Fame Game will cap a memorable weekend for Steelers and Vikings fans one night after former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and former Vikings center Mick Tinglehoff are inducted into the Hall.

“It’s a special time I am sure for Jerome,” says Steelers wide receiver John Stallworth, who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2002 class. “For me, when I went in it was seeing all of the things you did, all the workouts, all of the sacrifice when you could have been doing things other guys were doing and you chose to work on your craft. It is recognition that all of that is worthwhile. That means a whole lot.”

The Steelers’ appearance will mark the sixth time the team has played in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game (1963, 1964, 1983, 1998, 2007).

“I’ll take it,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said of the extra work his team will get by preparing for and playing in this year’s NFL/Hall of Fame Game. “Having a fifth preseason game is an advantage if we make it one.”

The Vikings will play in the preseason classic for the fourth time in franchise history (1970, 1982, 1997).

“I think it gives you good work, especially for a young football team,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told the Minneapolis Tribune about playing in the Hall of Fame Game. “It gives us another chance to evaluate our young players. Some of these guys in their first preseason game, when we go to Canton in the Hall of Fame Game, their eyes are probably going to be that big.”

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is anxiously awaiting his return to the field as he prepares for his second season as the starter in Minnesota.

“We’re heading to Canton, Ohio, ready to play our first preseason game, so we’re pretty excited and can’t wait to get back to work,” says Bridgewater.