Sunday, August 08, 2004

OT: Carl Eller is enshrined in the Hall of Fame - Pro Football Hall of Fame

Carl Eller is enshrined in the Hall of Fame - Pro Football Hall of Fame

Well this weekend, I was honorably invited by Carl Eller to witness his enshrinement to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

From 1998-2001, we ran a site called Carl Eller's Viking News, which didn't turn out that profitable, but was an amazing experience.

From the first 1998 Mankato Training Camp, where I saw #18 Randy Moss, as he was interviewed by Carl Eller, and to meeting Red McCombs for the first time.

To helping John Randle, Cris Carter in jest help sign their autographs...

My father and I arrived, in Canton Ohio, Friday afternoon. But the amazing experience of the Hall of Fame didn't start till Saturday morning.

We woke early at 6:15 am to go to the Enshrine Parade, and we were escorted by the police motorcycles and cars with blazing sirens on our way to the Parade. The parade lasted over 3 hours in freezing weather, 15 different high school marching bands, all kinds of floats, former Hall of Famers, and all kinds of local celebrities.

Quite an experience.

Then Saturday Night was the mind-blowing Enshrinee Dinner, which started off with a cocktail party outside, you can see all the celebrities/fans/sponsors schmoozing.

At the dinner, we shared our table with former Viking WR Frank Gilliam, who retired in 1977. While our room was hosted by former hall of famer, Mel Renfro.

After which we went into the huge stadium, as we watch different speakers/presenters.

Paul Tagliabue, then the TV/Radio Awards, a lot of really funny jokes, that can not be said in public.

Then the former hall of famers, helped our four Enshrinees with their new Golden Hall of Fame Jackets...

It was real dark inside, and there was like the lighted area, like a fashion walkway/catwalk.

Then on Sunday, another Police Escorted Ride, in our buses to the Hall of Fame. There were so many people there, that they had 3 huge banquets, Gold, Silver and Bronze. With 3 huge tents of food and drinks. I am not even sure I even recognized some of what I had.

Then we went to Fawcette Stadium, where were bloodly lucky to be on the ground floor way near the front.

I saw quite a few former Vikings, such as former Hall of Famer, Vikings Coach Bud Grant, former player Chuck Foreman RB, former player Bob Lurtsema and a bit more.

But the stadium was really dominated by Bronco's fans.

After hearing Regis Eller, introduce his father Carl Eller, then hear his amazing and really emotional speech. Then we heard part of Bob Browne Jr's introduction of his father, the heat had gotten to me, so we had to leave.

I am glad to be back to Minnesota, and thanking my lucky stars for such an honor.

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