The evening began with a buffet-style dinner and opening remarks from David Baker, the president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Baker detailed the history of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which opened in 1963, as well as its inductees. He also honored those in attendance for their accomplishment of making it to the NFL. Those in attendance Wednesday night were a few of the 29,000 people to have ever been paid to play, coach or officiate in the NFL, Baker said.
Afterwards, players coaches and members of the Redskins front office split into groups to explore the facility. The tour included a 17-minute video, narrated by Super Bowl III MVP Joe Namath, that chronicled some of the greatest players and coaches in professional football history.
Next came a room that included busts from every Pro Football Hall of Famer, and quarterback Dwayne Haskins couldn’t help but stop and admire the sculpture of Warren Moon, who became the first African American quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Haskins, who first visited Canton when he was around 12 years old, enjoys seeing all of the statistics, old jersey and championship rings. But he’s especially intrigued with the Hall of Fame signal-callers and their path to greatness.
“It reminds you of why you play football,” Haskins said.