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Gridiron Glory

The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

September 28, 2019 - February 9, 2020

HistoryMiami Museum is proud to present Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on America’s favorite sport. Gridiron Glory presents a panoramic view of the story of professional football – from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to the cultural phenomenon it is today.

The 8,000 square foot exhibition features more than 200 awe-inspiring artifacts, rare photographs, one-of-a-kind documents, spectacular footage from NFL films, and interactive displays that challenge both mind and body. The interactive multimedia experience also includes a “Hometown Heroes” section to spotlight the Miami Dolphins and local football heroes.

Fans will get up close to artifacts including the seven-pound sterling silver Vince Lombardi Trophy and items from legends of the game like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, John Elway and Joe Montana. Dolphins fans will find notable artifacts from all-time favorites such as Dan Marino and Jason Taylor, including the football thrown by Dan Marino when he broke the career passing yardage record, as well as Jason Taylor’s jersey, pants, shoes and helmet he wore during the 2006 season when he won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Other items on display include:

  • A game ball from a 1910 game
  • Emmitt Smith Helmet – worn during when Smith broke Walter Payton’s career rushing record
  • Larry Csonka’s helmet – worn during his career with the Miami Dolphins
  • Barry Sanders’ 2,000 yard jersey – Sanders wore this jersey when he joined O.J. Simpson and Eric Dickerson as the only players in the NFL  to rush for more than 2,000 yards
  • Tom Brady’s draft card presented at the 2000 NFL Draft indicating the New England Patriots selected him in the 6th round
  • A mold replica of Jerry Rice’s hands and the football that Rice caught when he tied the NFL record for most career receptions
  • Joe Montana autographed football – MVP football from his Super Bowl XXIV victory
  • Troy Aikman helmet – worn during his 1992 season with the Cowboys
  • Walter Payton jersey – worn when he broke Jim Brown’s all-time rushing record in 1984
  • The game ball from Super Bowl XLII when the New York Giants ended the New England Patriots’ undefeated season with a 17-14 victory
  • The historic elevator panel from Three Rivers Stadium where Art Rooney was standing when the famous “Immaculate Reception” occurred in the 1972 Playoffs

Guests can see how they measure up to the pros by comparing their physical dimensions and athletic abilities to those of the biggest stars in the game. Visitors are invited to try on vintage pads and jerseys, along with today’s equipment or step inside the Instant Replay Booth and see if they can make the right call. Interactive touch screen selection kiosks will also show video clips on each member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Fans can relive the game-changing, milestone records that turned players into legends through Fantastic Finishes from NFL Films in a pop up theater. They can then test their knowledge of the 326 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at interactive kiosks throughout the exhibit.

The traveling exhibition has been featured in every Super Bowl city since its opening in 2012 and will run through Super Bowl week.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will run through Super Bowl 2020 in Miami, until Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Sponsored in part by: Baptist Health, Miami Dade County, Miami DDA, Bermont Advisory Group

Thank you to our partners: Intercontinental Miami, The Miami Dolphins, The Super Bowl Host Committee, University of Miami Athletics, WSVN 7

Click here for sponsorship opportunities: Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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