Latest Pro Football Hall of Fame News

Hall of Fame announces 122 nominees for class of 2020

Sep. 12, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — First-time eligible candidates Troy Polamalu and Patrick Willis are among 122 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2020. The newly eligible players have a heavy defensive emphasis. Joining the Steelers' hard-hitting safety and 49ers bone-crunching linebacker...

Browns unveil statue of Hall of Fame QB Otto Graham

Sep. 7, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Otto Graham's remarkable decade of dominance with the Browns has been immortalized. The team unveiled a bronze statue on Saturday outside FirstEnergy Stadium of the late Hall of Fame quarterback, who led Cleveland to 10 championship games in 10 seasons. Graham, who died in 2003, has long...

NFL At 100: A look at the biggest scandals in NFL history

Sep. 6, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

There's Spygate and Deflategate, bullying and bounties. Those are just a few of the NFL's biggest scandals in just the past 15 years. And that's not taking into account all the players suspended for allegations of domestic violence. The most divisive of all — Colin Kaepernick's protest for social justice...

Ex-Dolphins Hall of Fame center Jim Langer dies at 71

Aug. 30, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame center Jim Langer, who was literally in the middle of the Miami Dolphins' 1972 perfect season, has died at the age of 71. Langer died Thursday at a Coon Rapids, Minnesota, hospital near his home of a sudden heart-related problem, said his wife, Linda. Langer was a...

Master NFL historian writes masterful 100-season history

Aug. 30, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

Joe Horrigan calls it a "many decades love affair with football." Readers of his book, "NFL Century," will call it masterful. Horrigan, who retired as the Pro Football Hall of Fame's executive director on June 1, is America's most foremost historian on pro football. His book, published by Crown, is a superb...

Tight ends are evolving as pass-catching threats

Aug. 28, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The day before Tony Gonzalez was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month, he was asked about being a something of a pioneer at tight end. A guy who changed his position — and the game itself. Gonzalez sort of shrugged. "I guess everyone is doing it...

Teaching young players at forefront during Hall of Fame week

Aug. 8, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

Induction week at the Pro Football Hall of Fame wasn't just about the legends of the game. It also was about the kids. High school players. Middle schoolers. Youth teams. Sure, the highest level of the sport is celebrated in Canton, Ohio, each year. Inspiring youngsters to play, educating their parents and...

NFL writer Don Banks dies at 57 after covering hall ceremony

Aug. 5, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

Don Banks, a longtime NFL writer who worked at Sports Illustrated for 16 years, has died after covering the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions in Canton, Ohio. He was 57. Paramedics on Sunday were called to his hotel, where he was pronounced dead. No cause was given. Banks covered pro football for more than...

Former Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch dead at age 71

Aug. 4, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Cliff Branch, one of the Raiders' career-leading wide receivers who won three Super Bowls in 14 seasons with the franchise, has died. He was 71. Branch was found dead Saturday in a hotel room in Bullhead City, Arizona, the city's police department said. It said an initial investigation...

Law, Reed, Mawae, Bowlen, Brandt, Robinson, Bailey in hall

Aug. 3, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — What a defensive backfield in gold jackets: Ed Reed , Ty Law and Champ Bailey. And what a challenge they had throughout their careers, trying to cover fellow inductee Tony Gonzalez. All four entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. "Fitting to be in here with Mr. Johnny...