ESPN to Present the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony for the 25th Year

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ESPN to Present the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony for the 25th Year

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  • Monday’s SportsCenter Special on the Class of 2019 kicks off HOF week coverage
  • Trey Wingo hosts Enshrinement Ceremony live from Canton, August 3 at 7 p.m. ET

ESPN’s 25th consecutive year of presenting the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement in Canton, Ohio will kick off Monday, July 29, with a SportsCenter Special in prime time honoring the Class of 2019 and will culminate with live coverage of the induction ceremony honoring the eight-member class on Saturday, Aug. 3. ESPN.com will also offer expansive coverage of the annual celebration of football. 

On Monday, SportsCenter Special: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) will highlight the achievements of this year’s inductees – Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson. Wendi Nix will host the 30-minute show with Keyshawn Johnson, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter. Throughout the week, NFL Live (1:30 p.m. ET) will also discuss and highlight the career achievements of the inductees.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, ESPN will televise the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony live from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton at 7 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and NFL host Trey Wingo will lead ESPN’s coverage for the 16th year, joined by senior NFL Insider and 2016 Dick McCann Award winner Chris Mortensen and NFL analyst Jeff Saturday. Correspondent Michele Steele will contribute to SportsCenter coverage throughout the weekend.

Additionally, ESPN’s Chris Berman, the 2010 Pete Rozelle Award winner, will serve as the Hall of Fame’s Master of Ceremony for the 20th year.

ESPN Digital
NFL Nation Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold will report from Canton while other ESPN writers provide coverage leading up to and surrounding Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend. Highlights:

  • Cowboys reporter Todd Archer on how Gil Brandt was ahead of his time as a front-office evaluator, introducing computers to the scouting process (July 27).
  • Jets reporter Rich Cimini on the time Kevin Mawae broke his snapping hand and became a southpaw (July 28).
  • Patriots reporter Mike Reiss on how Ty Law’s pick-6 in Super Bowl XXXVI was the defining play in his Hall of Fame career (July 29).
  • Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley on what made Ed Reed one of the greatest ball hawks in NFL history (July 30).
  • Legwold writes about Pat Bowlen’s “This one’s for John” line at Super Bowl XXXII about John Elway (July 31), and about Champ Bailey’s 103-yard interception return of Tom Brady, the longest non-scoring play in postseason history (Aug. 1).
  • Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher writes about the quantity and quality of Johnny Robinson’s interceptions, including one in Super Bowl IV (August 2), and how Tony Gonzalez’s basketball skills helped him develop into a Hall of Fame tight end (August 3).
  • In addition, ESPN.com will offer a guided tour of hidden treasures that aren’t on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (July 31), and feature news coverage of the best quotes and moments from the induction speeches, as well as photos and videos of the scene in Canton (August 3).

ESPN’s Pro Football Hall of Fame programming schedule:

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Mon, Jul 29 8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 ESPN2
Wed, Jul 31 8:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 ESPN2
9 p.m. NFL’s Greatest Games: Super Bowl XXXVI
St. Louis vs. New England – Ty Law
ESPN2
10:30 p.m. NFL’s Greatest Games: Super Bowl XLVII
Baltimore vs. San Francisco – Ed Reed
ESPN2
Fri, Aug 2 1:30 a.m. SportsCenter Special: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 ESPN2
Sat, Aug 3 12 a.m. SportsCenter Special: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 ESPN2
12 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 ESPN2
4:30 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 ESPN2
7 p.m. 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony ESPN
Sun, Aug 4 5 p.m. 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony ESPN2

* All programs will also be streamed live on the ESPN App

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Allie Stoneberg

I advance ESPN’s communications and publicity efforts for NFL studio programming, Monday Night Football, the NFL Draft and our coverage of the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League. I enjoy meeting journalists in person at games and events and delight in showing them around our Bristol, Conn., campus.
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