The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 – Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, and Shannon Sharpe – will be surrounded by greatness on Saturday, August 6, in Canton, Ohio when they are formally enshrined as the Hall of Fame's newest members.
Already, 70 previously elected Hall of Famers have indicated they will be on stage to salute the 2011 Class of Enshrinees. More names will likely be added as Enshrinement day draws nearer.
"It is truly amazing to see that many all-time greats of the game gathered in one place at the same time," commented Hall of Fame President/Executive Director Steve Perry. "The Enshrinement Ceremony is one of the greatest sports events any fan could ever wish to witness."
Among those already indicating that they will attend, are three members of last year's Class of Enshrinees, Floyd Little, John Randle, and Emmitt Smith. Other football legends scheduled to attend include John Elway, Lynn Swann, Dick Butkus, Troy Aikman, Gale Sayers, Howie Long, Franco Harris, Warren Moon, Joe Greene, Eric Dickerson, Marcus Allen, Jim Kelly and Kellen Winslow.
In addition to attending the Enshrinement Ceremony, the returning Hall of Famers also participate in many other Enshrinement Festival events including the Enshrinees Dinner the evening before the Enshrinement Ceremony. It is there that the Class of 2011 will receive their gold Hall of Fame jacket. Many will ride in the Timken Grand Parade Saturday morning. The parade, rated one of the country's best, typically attracts a crowd in excess of 200,000 fans.
Many Hall of Famers also take time out during the busy Enshrinement Festival period to visit local youth groups, hospitals, and other non-profit and charitable groups as a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Ambassador program.
Among the returning Hall of Famers several will be celebrating a milestone anniversary of their enshrinement. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their enshrinement will be Marv Levy, Nick Buoniconti, Lynn Swann, Jack Youngblood, and Ron Yary. Jan Stenerud, elected in 1991 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his enshrinement and Willie Davis, a member of the Class of 1981, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his enshrinement.
A complete list of returning Hall of Famers can be found at Profootballhof.com and will be updated daily.