Pro Football Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Game & Enshrinement
Canton, OH
Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans
Fawcett Stadium
Pro Football Hall of Fame Game
August 9, 2009
18 - 21 Loss

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See my other visit to the
Pro Football Hall of Fame:

HOF-Nov17,2007

  Hall of Fame Vitals
Built: 1963
No. of Fan Visits: Over 8 million fans
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm  
Tickets: Adults: $16.00, Children: $10.00, Seniors: $13.00
 
 
Pro Football Hall of Fame Address
2121 George Halas Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708
(330) 456-8207  
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Hall of Fame Game - Fawcett Stadium Review
A visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is unlike any other experience in professional football. Walking on hallowed ground, in the midst of the birthplace of professional football in this country is indeed a unique thrill. I've been to the Professional Football Hall of Fame many times, but not like this. This year I attended during Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend and I attended as a guest of the Professional Football Ultimate Fan Association (PFUFA). As some of you know, last year I was nominated for membership is this Hall of Fame for NFL fans, but unfortunately, just like in the Pro football Hall of Fame, not everyone makes the cut. Many of the members are well known, like the Hogettes from Washington, the Bearman, Don Wachter in Chicago, or Tim McKernan, the Barrel Man in Denver. In many cases their persona outshines even the players, as fans and other onlookers look to these SuperFans for inspiration. I've run into several of them on many occasions throughout my travels to thirty-one stadiums across our great nation, and now thanks to the nomination of Wayne Vandevort, the Bruce Wayne of Tailgating, I now aspire to become one of them.

Our Hall of Fame Weekend began late Friday night when I arrived in Canton, to meet up with the member of PFUFA. As expected, they were still in full tailgate mode, swapping stories from the road and talking NFL football. We were immediately greeted by kindred spirit, Adam Goldstein, from adamsfootballtrip.com. Adam spent the fall of 2008 racing from NFL stadium to NFL stadium in an attempt to see a game in each one over the course of the 17 week season. He is actually from the UK and sold his apartment in downtown London in order to scratch together enough cash to make his dream come true. It's really an incredible feat, if you think about it, Adam was actually just a traffic jam, a delayed flight, or an inopportune virus away from not completing his goal.

The next morning, I was invited by PFUFA to walk in the Hall of Fame Parade. Thousands of NFL fans lined the streets of Canton and the PFUFA fans gave them exactly what they were looking for. We hyped up the crowd slapping high five, shaking hands, and kissing babies. Donning my custom-made Quest for 31, Buffalo Bills Jersey over a pair of shoulder pads, I strutted down main street to greet every Bills fan I could. Our war cry? Are you ready for some football? Best believe that the crowd responded in the affirmative.

This year was indeed a special year for Bills fans as the Red, White, and Blue Nation was on hand to watch two of our Bills take their places among the league's best. Career leader in quarterback sacks and fan favorite from the defensive line of our Super Bowl era, Bruce Smith and venerable team owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. were both to be inducted this weekend, and I would be on hand to witness it personally. The enshrinement ceremony was in itself a magical time as the lights and glamour of the evening seemed to sweep up each fan's imagination while we watched the highlight reels and reveled in seasons since gone by. Bills Fans could be heard chanting, "Bruuuuuuuce!!!!!" each time the star defensive end was showcased during the ceremony, just like in the glory days of Buffalo Bills Football. The speakers were a bit long winded, but to be there to relive the glory years within the deep recesses of my own mind is an experience I won't soon forget.

Sunday was gameday. It began with a PFUFA Induction and Awards Ceremony inside the Hall of Fame and would end with my Buffalo Bills taking on the Tennessee Titans in primetime. PFUFA setup a great breakfast event that morning, mirroring the sentiment of the night before, but this time honoring the sport's fans rather than it's athletes. Many of my heroes from around the league were on hand to ensure that all was well, including Lady Titan, Captain Defense, and Catman. Once the ceremony concluded we headed through the Hall for another look at the displays and finally onto the order of the day, Tailgating with Jay the Tailgate Guy.

We arrived in a private parking lot flanked by Jay's new tailgate machine, a converted bus, along with the RV of Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of tailgating, and a Browns Tailgate Bus decked out in Browns colors and featuring a set of balls on the back end of the bus ... classy. We hung out with Kenny "Pinto Ron" Johnson as he fried up some wings in an old Army helmet, broke bread with our esteemed commissioner and drank a few beers with Adam, the Tailgate Knight. After a few hours of the usual parking lot tailgate fodder, Adam and I decided to head over to Fawcett Stadium, to watch the very first game of the 2009 NFL season. Terrell Owens made his debut as a Buffalo Bill and the team showed that it has some things to work on before the start of the regular season. Tennessee looked very impressive, primed to pick up where they left off last year and ready to claim their playoff spot in the preseason. I guess We'll see what the future holds for our 2009 Buffalo Bills. I'm hoping after a playoff drought lasting a decade that this year's club will do Mr. Wilson proud and surprise several of the playoff hopefuls throughout the league with a string of wins. That's it for now fellow Questers. Be sure to keep an eye on my travels over the next several months and we tackle the "Final Five" en route to completion of the Quest for 31.
 


Check out my YouTube Video from
Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton, Ohio:


 

 
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Hangin' with the Hoggettes   Purple Dame and Catman   The PFUFA Float
         
   
Myself, Peter, Adam, and Andrew   Me and the fam checking out the Lombardi   Crystal and I enjoying a beverage
         
   
Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony   The Pro Football Hall of Fame   Quest for 31 at the Hall
         
   
Kenny "Pinto Ron" Johnson   Hangin with the Bills Fans   Ready for the game
         
   
Adam and I ready for some football   The folks of PFUFA   They call him "Bruce"
         

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