This is the week of the pro football calendar in which Canton, Ohio, returns to its status as the center of all activity for our game.
It’s Hall of Fame week, beginning with a Thursday night dinner and culminating with the Hall of Fame game, always a sellout on national television.
I am personally looking forward to it not just because Floyd Little is getting inducted, but because to anyone that has had season tickets for a long time — and I became a season ticket holder in the early 1960′s, in addition to having worked here since 1978 — Floyd Little truly was “The Franchise,” and that’s not a nickname that ever leaves him.
It’s going to be a pleasure to witness his induction there, but fans here in Denver will have a truly special, first time chance to take part as well. Josh McDaniels has scheduled a practice Saturday at Invesco Field at Mile High, free and open to the public, obviously with plenty of seating and parking. Last year this event drew 14,000 fans, and it was a big hit.
But this year we are going to add to the festivities because when practice is over, fans at Invesco Field will be able to see Floyd’s induction speech live on the stadium big screen. This has never happened before, and it is a great opportunity to see one of our all-time great honored as well as getting comfortable preview of the current team that will take the field for the preseason opener next week at Cincinnati.
As an interesting side note, Josh McDaniels is from Canton himself, and grew up not just with football, but a stone’s throw from the Hall of Fame. Josh has often commented that even as a young boy he would watch the ceremony, which historically has always been open to the public, and which back in the day was held on the front steps of the Hall of Fame itself before outgrowing that venue and moving into the stadium as a national television special.
Times change and things get bigger, but we always remember how things were back in the day, and the Hall of Fame has been a part of John McDaniels’ life since his early youth.
Josh McDaniels, Floyd Little and the Hall of Fame in Canton, the birthplace of pro football. Funny how things all come together sometimes.
This is a great week for pro football each year, and this year the Broncos are a huge part of it because of Floyd Little.
But it is also a great opportunity for fans to watch the current team and one of our most illustrious players be honored at the same time.
Check it out.
Practice at INVESCO Field at Mile High Saturday is from 6 until 8, with Floyd Little’s induction to follow live.