The Pro Football Hall of Fame gets ready for the Super Bowl XLVII


Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman William “Refrigerator” Perry owns the largest ever made. His size 25 Super Bowl XX ring is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The coveted rings from all 46 previous Super Bowl Champions sit in the home that honors football’s best players. But, what team will be added to the ring collection in 2013?

For 50-years now, Canton, Ohio has been the epicenter of pro football excellence.

"For a player to be inducted here, that’s the pinnacle of their career,” said Joe Horrigan, VP of Communications at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

The folks at the Pro Football Hall of Fame know a thing or two about the Super Bowl.

“The last 10 or so have just been so close and so good,” said Horrigan.  

Horrigan has been to more than two dozen Super Bowls, and he will be in New Orleans Sunday when the Ravens take on the 49ers.

“We’re there and watching closely for any milestone, any kind of record,” said the Hall of Fame representative.  

Topping Horrigan's list of things to watch for is young Ravens quarterback Joe Flaco. Horrigan said he represents the quarterback of today in the sense he’s a little bit more mobile. 

But, while football fans have the Super Bowl on their mind, the folks here at the Pro Football Hall of Fame are thinking about the next class of inductees.

"You work as a team to win the Super Bowl, but as an individual, you try to strive to be the best you can be at your position," Horrigan said. 

On Saturday, before the big game, 17 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists will be narrowed down, with between four and seven becoming the newest class enshrined in Canton.

“More than 24,000 have played the game, so when you get down to fewer than 300 in the hall of fame, that’s quite an honor,” Joe said.  

So, who will claim the honor of Super Bowl 47 Champs? Horrigan gives the edge to the Ravens, saying they proved their naysayers wrong. They elevated their play every time they were challenged to answer the call. 

But of course, every good football fanatic thinks they already know the outcome.

“We’ll hear plenty of prognosticating, not only for the Super Bowl, but they’re already talking about the draft,” he said. 

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