Irvin: Sanders the best athlete I’ve played with

The argument could be made that the cornerback going into the Hall of Fame today is the best one to ever grace the stage in Canton, Ohio. But one of Deion Sanders‘ former teammates, Michael Irvin, and coach, Steve Mariucci, argue that he was the best athelete of his generation.

Tonight’s starting lineup

We are not suggesting you budge from your couch Saturday night while watching the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on NFL Network. But if you have to step away for any amount of time, here’s the order in which the Class of 2011 will be presented.

The show must go on

There is electricity in the air here at the Hall of Fame. Literally. A massive downpour slowed preparations for tonight’s festivities, complete with lightning lighting up the sky.

Is Sanders a Falcon, Cowboy… or Young’s hero?

When you think of Deion Sanders, with what team do you most associate him?

Broncos fans representing in Canton

In what would normally be a scene dominated by Rams and Bears fans — both teams have inductees in Marshall Faulk and Richard Dent and were scheduled to play the first preseason game here Sunday — the most represented fan-base appears to be Denver’s.

Notes from the press box

Walking into the press box here at Fawcett Stadium for Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony takes me back. The first time I was here, actually, there was no press box.

A humbling experience for Faulk

Marshall Faulk‘s inner football fan came out Friday at the Ray Nischke luncheon, where he describes the emotional element of Hall of Fame weekend and being around so many players in whom he admires.

‘Prime’ looks ahead to HOF enshrinement

Deion Sanders calls in to “The Rich Eisen Podcast” to talk about his plans for his Hall of Fame enshrinement speech and the post-enshrinement performance he is planning with Snoop Dogg and Nelly.

Marcus Allen wants NFL to return to Los Angeles

Marcus Allen told the Dave Dameshek Football Program on Friday that he never wanted to play for any other team than the Raiders. The Los Angeles Raiders.

Let’s put the ‘pro’ in Pro Football Hall of Fame

To be a Pro Football Hall of Fame, you have to have Damon Allen enshrined.

A little NFL history at Bender’s

A little history lesson for you, and a rather appropriate one, on the day that Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith signed a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

Gregg’s memory of an iconic photo not muddied

We caught up with Packer legend Forrest Gregg Friday and asked the legendary Hall of Famer of his memories from a mud-caked day in San Francisco that gave birth to a photo that lives on as one of the most iconic in NFL lore.

Canton native Dierdorf watches the HOF grow

The Pro Football Hall of Fame broke ground on a new expansion Friday on the front steps of the Hall, with dozens of returning Hall of Famers on hand. That included Canton native Dan Dierdorf — who was on hand as a kid to witness the original groundbreaking of the Hall in 1962.

A memorabilia collector’s dream

One of the biggest spectacles in Canton this weekend – aside from the dozens of Hall of Famers on hand – is the massive memorabilia operation taking place at the McKinley Hotel in downtown Canton.

Welcome to Canton

The road to the Hall of Fame begins in Cleveland, where Hopkins International Airport is already overrun with autograph hounds.

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