Enshrinement Week at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is going to be quite the event this year. Not only will viewers see one class of players enter the Hall of Fame; NFL fans will be treated to two.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony was postponed. As a result, the Hall of Famers will participate in the 2021 ceremony and claim their rightful spots in Canton.
Oh, also, that 2020 Hall of Fame class features 20 members in honor of the NFL’s 100th birthday. So, in total, 28 players will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend.
Never have we seen a Pro Football Hall of Fame class like this, nor are we likely to see one again any time soon. But who exactly are the 28 players, coaches and contributors entering the Hall of Fame? Here’s a look at all 28 of them, headlined by the marquee man from the 2021 class, Peyton Manning.
Who is in the Hall of Fame class of 2021?
The 2021 Hall of Fame class will feature eight inductees. Six will be enshrined as players, one as a coach and one as a contributor.
Here are the inductees, sorted by category.
|Peyton Manning||Quarterback||Broncos, Colts|
|Calvin Johnson||Wide receiver||Lions|
|Charles Woodson||Safety||Raiders, Packers|
|John Lynch||Safety||Buccaneers, Broncos|
|Alan Faneca||Guard||Steelers, Jets, Cardinals|
|Drew Pearson||Wide receiver||Cowboys|
|Tom Flores||Coach||Raiders, Seahawks|
Why is the Hall of Fame class of 2020 being honored in 2021?
The Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony for 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the centennial class of 2020 will be inducted into the hall as a part of the 2021 enshrinement ceremony.
Who is in the Hall of Fame class of 2020?
The 2020 Hall of Fame class has 20 inductees. It was part of a special class put together by the NFL to celebrate the league’s 100th year of existence. The honorees are as follows:
|Steve Atwater||Safety||Broncos, Jets|
|Isaac Bruce||Wide receiver||Rams, 49ers|
|Harold Carmichael||Wide receiver||Eagles, Cowboys|
|Jim Covert||Offensive tackle||Bears|
|Bobby Dillon||Defensive back||Packers|
|Winston Hill||Offensive tackle||Jets, Rams|
|Steve Hutchinson||Guard||Seahawks, Vikings, Titans|
|Edgerrin James||Running back||Colts, Cardinals, Seahawks|
|Alex Karras||Defensive tackle||Lions|
|Donnie Shell||Defensive back||Steelers|
|Duke Slater||Tackle||Badgers, Independents, Cardinals|
|Jimmy Johnson||Coach||Cowboys, Dolphins|
|George Young||General Manager||Giants|
|Paul Tagliabue||NFL Commissioner||—|
|Steve Sabol||Founder of NFL Films||—|
What does it mean to be a Hall of Fame contributor?
A contributor, as defined by the Hall of Fame, is an individual who has “made outstanding contributions to professional football in capacities other than playing or coaching.” The contributor role debuted in 2015 after the Hall of Fame formed a contributors committee in August of 2014.
Nunn, the contributor selection for the 2021 Hall of Fame class, has been a scout with the Steelers for 47 years. Other contributors have included general managers, team owners and others who have made an impact in the NFL.
Since the founding of the committee, 11 contributors have been selected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They are as follows:
|2015||Bill Polian||General Manager|
|2015||Ron Wolf||General Manager|
|2016||Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.||Owner|
|2018||Bobby Beathard||General Manager|
|2019||Gil Brandt||VP of Player Personnel|
|2020||George Young||General Manager|
|2020||Paul Tagliabue||NFL Commissioner|
|2020||Steve Sabol||Founder of NFL Films|
How to watch NFL’s Hall of Fame ceremony
Here is the full TV schedule for the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Week, including the Hall of Fame Game which will take place on Thursday night.
|Hall of Fame Game||Thursday, Aug. 5||8 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony||Saturday, Aug. 7||6:30 p.m.||NFL Network, fuboTV|
|2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony||Sunday, Aug. 8||7 p.m.||NFL Network, fuboTV|