Hall's Centennial Class of 2020 to be enshrined in August, September

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Clark Judge

The Pro Football Hall-of-Fame’s Centennial Class of 2020 will be inducted in two separate events, the Hall announced Tuesday, with one celebration in August and the other in September.

The first will occur on Saturday, Aug. 8, when the five modern-era players – Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James and Troy Polamalu -- will be enshrined during the traditional Enshrinement Week in Canton.

But they won’t be alone. Also enshrined will be the two coaches from the Class of 2020 – Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher – as well as contributors Paul Tagliabue, George Young and Steve Sabol. The coaches and contributors were chosen by a special blue ribbon panel named by the Hall to celebrate the NFL’s 100th anniversary.

Also named by that panel were 10 seniors, who will be inducted on Friday, Sept. 18, as part of a once-in-a-lifetime Centennial Celebration. They are Harold Carmichael, Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle.

The Pro Football Enshrinement Week of Aug. 6-9 begins with the annual Hall-of-Fame game on Thursday, Aug. 6, and concludes with the Concert for Legends on Sunday, Aug. 9. Those events, plus the induction ceremonies, take place at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

The Centennial Celebration in September features a multi-day schedule of events celebrating the league's 100th anniversary. The NFL was founded on Sept. 17, 1920 in Canton.

Among the planned events is a dedication of the Centennial Plaza in downtown Canton near where the NFL was born. Monuments featuring the names of over 25,000 NFL players from its first century will be revealed.

The 10 seniors from the Centennial Class will be enshrined on the evening of Friday, Sept. 18, at the Centennial Celebration that will launch the weekend's activities ... and the league's next century.

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Since only living PFHOFer give speeches during their enshirement, August event will have 8 speeches and September event 4; all 20 will have video introductions followed by reveal of bronze busts on stage during their respective events

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