Posted by Will Brinson
The NFL Hall of Fame decided to test out a new form of introductions at Canton this year, and to say that it's a success is a pretty large understatement.
They took the always awesome voice of Steve Sabol (of NFL Films) and had him narrate highlights of the inductee's career with interspersed clips of the inductee's presenter discussing the greatness of their career.
Typically, an introduction involves a "Here is so-and-so to induct this great man" line followed by someone close to the inductee spending five or so minutes in front of a podium talking about the inductee and delivers a much more palatable -- especially for television viewers -- and energizing introduction to the inductee's speech.
Just like any other NFL Films experience, the result is a mix between thrilling and chilling.
Of course, Chris Berman still plays the role of Master of Ceremonies (and actually recorded the longest induction speech of the weekend!), so it's not a perfect situation. But there's no question that the folks in charge at Canton struck gold with their decision to eschew the typical inductee introduction.
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