We made the two-hour trip to Canton from Pittsburgh today for an opportunity to catch up with former Pitt stars - and 2012 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame - Chris Doleman and Curtis Martin.
I've always been enthralled with the enshrinement ceremony
and I make it a point every year to be on my couch and not be bothered during
the broadcast. I laugh, I cry and sometimes I cheer (don't judge me). For
sports fans, it is the pinnacle of success and celebrating that success.
There are two things I discovered today in my first trip to
Canton. First of all, this honor is so much greater than even I could have
imagined. Walking into the dimly lit room which houses the busts is almost
surreal. Martin referenced jokingly how he imagines they all talk to each other
when no one is around. Wouldn't those be some interesting conversations?
Martin and Doleman both spoke very humbly of their selection
into the Hall. Doleman stated that no one ever feels worthy of being inducted,
while Martin was in awe that "Mean Joe" Greene asked him to stop and take a
Secondly, I learned that the University of Pittsburgh is
very blessed to have these two men representing the Panthers when they stand up
on stage tomorrow night. We're familiar with their on-field accomplishments,
both at Pitt and in the NFL. But these men are so much more than athletes. That
is obvious when listening to them speak of their faith and their contributions
and dedication to bettering their communities.
Keep checking back on Pitt Live Wire this weekend for
additional coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and your Pitt inductees.
Hopefully you'll be able to make the trip and experience it yourself. Tickets
are still available at the gate. Visit ProFootballHOF.com for additional