Another honor for 1983 draft class

CANTON, Ohio — The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees has 30 members, including eight NFL owners, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, three members of the Hall itself, and various prominent businessman from the Canton, Ohio, area.

So here’s a bit of trivia pertaining to the list: Which quarterback from the legendary draft class of 1983 serves on the board of trustees?

Well, the first round of the ’83 draft has produced no less than six Hall of Famers, including quarterbacks John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. The other three members are Eric Dickerson, Bruce Matthews and Darrell Green.

But none of them are on the Hall’s board of trustees.

The answer: Todd Blackledge. The former Penn State quarterback was the seventh overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played seven seasons in the NFL, five with the Chiefs and two with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but is better known these days as a college football game analyst, now with ESPN.

Why is Blackledge on the board? He was born and raised in Canton, and still lives here today.

— Craig Ellenport

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