A list of folks who will present the inductees at this year’s Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
There are bound to be more than a few sniffles on Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. Back up the truck and dump out the Kleenex, because it’s going to be full-blown waterworks at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, as eight more legends are forever enshrined in history.
This year’s event will be particularly memorable for several reasons. First off is the posthumous induction of Junior Seau. The former linebacking great took his own life in 2012 as a result of CTE brain trauma he incurred from a physical 20-year career. Seau’s daughter Sydney will speak on her father’s behalf, and figures to carry the most emotional speech of the evening.
However, Sydney Seau isn’t the only relative who will talk on Saturday evening, as three other inductees will be presented by family members. Both Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown will be inducted by their brothers, while Ron Wolf’s son will introduce the front-office legend. Bettis and Brown’s relatives will likely share a few great stories from their siblings’ pasts, as well as give insight to the early drive of the Hall of Famers, whereas Wolf’s son can offer an interesting perspective of what it’s like to grow up in the shadow of an NFL franchise.
A couple of old hats, Eddie DeBartolo Jr. will present Charles Haley (his fifth introduction), while Marv Levy will make his fourth HOF introduction with Bill Polian (flipping the script from when Polian presented Levy in 2001).
Below is the complete list of presenters for the event.
Jerome Bettis: John Bettis III (brother)
Tim Brown: Donald Kelly (brother)
Charles Haley: Eddie DeBartolo Jr. (former 49ers owner)
Bill Polian: Marv Levy (coach)
Junior Seau: Sydney Seau (daughter)
Willie Shields: Adrian Lunsford (friend)
Mick Tingelhoff: Fran Tarkenton (teammate)
Ron Wolf: Eliot Wolf (son)
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