ESPN will broadcast the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday, August 6
- Coverage begins at a new time: 12 p.m. ET
- Eight former players, coaches and officials to honour; Chris Berman as Master of Ceremonies
- ESPN’s 27th year televising the annual event; Suzy Kolber, Louis Riddick, Chris Mortensen will direct coverage from Canton, Ohio
ESPN’s coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement returns for the 27th year on Saturday, August 6, as eight shrines officially enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Coverage of the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class begins at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN, a new afternoon time for the annual event. ESPN Radio will also provide live coverage of the event.
The Class of 2022 consists of eight “Heroes of the Game:” Tony Boselli (Jacksonville Jaguars), cliff branch (Oakland Raiders/Los Angeles), Leroy Butler (Green Bay Packers) Art McNally (National Football League official), Sam Mills (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers), Richard Seymour (New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders), Dick Vermeil (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs) and Bryant Young (San Francisco 49ers).
Live from Canton, Ohio, ESPN’s 26-year-old veteran host Suzy Kolber will anchor the enshrining ceremony with ESPN’s NFL front office insider Louis Riddick and winner of the 2016 Dick McCann Prize chris mortensen. For the 22n/a year, ESPN Chris Bermanwho was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2010, will host the ceremony.
ESPN Radio will also air draftee speeches and share insights from special guests throughout the day on Saturday. On the ground in Canton, Jaguars reporter, Mike DiRocco will cover all the festivities surrounding the induction ceremonies on behalf of NFL Nation.
NFL Nation coverage of the eight “heroes of the game”:
Throughout the month, ESPN’s NFL Nation honored the inductees on ESPN.com with stories about how each of them worked their way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Highlights include:
- ‘He was a trailblazer’: why Art McNally will be the first official inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Kevin Seifert writing about a different time for NFL officials and how McNally wanted to educate people about the game and the rules. McNally’s legacy includes elements that helped transform the game, including instant replay.
- Dick Vermeil’s burnout turned into an unconventional Hall of Fame career – Adam Techer writing about Dick Vermeil’s unique journey in the NFL after his surprise retirement in 1982 at just 46 years old. Vermeil was “eroding away”, having slept an average of four hours a night and undergoing long and exhausting practices. When he returned to coaching 14 years later, the game had changed, but so had he. And he proved he had changed with his time winning a Super Bowl with “The Greatest Show On Turf” St. Louis Rams.
- “He Looked Like He Belonged – And He Did” – How underdog Sam Mills became a Hall of Famer – David Newton and Mike Triplet write about how Sam Mills’ path to the NFL was anything but routine. He wasn’t the greatest player, but the dominating inside linebacker overcame long struggles to make it to the NFL, then rose to iconic status helping shape the legacy of two franchises before his death in 2005 at 45. years due to bowel cancer.
- Green Bay Packers great LeRoy Butler earned a nod with patience and perseverance – Rob Demovski writes how LeRoy Butler is known to be the originator of the Lambeau Leap, but his story goes far beyond the famous celebration. His Hall of Fame resume stands on its own without any celebration after the touchdown.
- Las Vegas Raiders receiver Cliff Branch’s impact went far beyond world-class speed – Paul Gutierrez spoke to teammates of Cliff Branch, as well as former head coach Tom Flores, to find out what made Branch such a great player. Everyone knew his speed, but they didn’t see what he was doing in training to hone his skills.
- Why six former rivals campaigned for Bryant Young of the San Francisco 49ers – Nick Wagoner writes about how Bryant Young would never have made the HOF if the induction was based on self-promotion. Young was humble, but his performance spoke volumes. That’s why the 49ers star’s former rivals have decided to become defenders in Young’s HOF campaign.
- How Richard Seymour’s versatility and values made him an underrated Patriots force – Mike Reiss writes how Richard Seymour’s leadership and ability to dominate at any position on the defensive line helped power New England’s top three title teams. “We could put Richard anywhere and be successful with that. When you have that kind of talent and dominance from that position, that’s how you win championships,” Patriots great Tedy Bruschi said of Seymour.
- A bittersweet day for Tony Boselli – Mike DiRocco writes how Tony Boselli’s father didn’t live long enough to see his son enter the Hall of Fame, but he recorded a congratulatory message for him before his passing. Boselli is the first Jaguar to be inducted. Coming Thursday August 4th.
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