He should know. Horrigan has been involved with the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 37 years and co-authored “The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book: Where Greatness Lives” with John Thorn.
Dare to go off the beaten path when you arrive? View Horrigan’s five most underappreciated artifacts/exhibits at the HOF:
1. The one-page accounting ledger sheet (“pro football’s birth certificate”) of the 1892 Allegheny Athletic Association indicating a $500 payment to William Heffelfinger.
2. The two-page Sept. 7, 1920, minutes of the NFL’s organizational meeting held in Canton.
3. Jim Thorpe’s 1912 Olympic blazer, the Hall’s only artifact from a sport other than football, from one of its most famous athletes.
4. Player contracts signed by Cleveland Browns Hall of Famers Marion Motley and Bill Willis in 1946, both African-Americans breaking football’s color barrier a year before Jackie Robinson in baseball.
5. President Lyndon Johnson’s pen used to sign a law that allowed the National Football League and American Football League to merge.