The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the order of their ceremony for both the Centennial Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 the first weekend in August. The Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 8:00 PM between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. The enshrinement of the two Hall of Fame classes will take place on Saturday evening for the 2020 class and Sunday evening for the class of 2021.
It was originally reported that Troy Polamalu would kick off the speeches on Saturday evening. Since the original announcement, the change has been made where Polamalu will appear in the 10th spot between Donnie Shell and Bill Cowher.
The speech orders for the Centennial Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Enshrinements. Note that the order has been revised for the 2020 Enshrinement.#PFHOF20 | #PFHOF21 pic.twitter.com/qaEmetjG3f— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) July 20, 2021
The first ceremony will be on Saturday, August 7 beginning at 6:30 PM. The Hall of Fame has announced that they will keep the show at a much faster pace and asked members of each class to keep their remarks to six minutes. If a speech reaches the eight minute mark, there will be a musical cue to end their remarks.
The complete order for Saturday night’s enshrinement is listed below courtesy of profootballhof.com:
The full order of speeches for the Centennial Class of 2020 will be:
1. HAROLD CARMICHAEL
2. CLIFF HARRIS
3. EDGERRIN JAMES
4. STEVE ATWATER
5. PAUL TAGLIABUE
6. STEVE HUTCHINSON
7. DONNIE SHELL
8. ISAAC BRUCE
9. JIMBO COVERT
10. TROY POLAMALU
11. JIMMY JOHNSON
12. BILL COWHER
Special video tributes to the eight members of the Centennial Class of 2020 elected posthumously – BOBBY DILLON, WINSTON HILL, ALEX KARRAS, STEVE SABOL, DUKE SLATER, MAC SPEEDIE, ED SPRINKLE and GEORGE YOUNG – will be interspersed with the 12 live speeches. Each was enshrined in a special ceremony April 28 at the Hall of Fame.
With former Steeler safety Donnie Shell going in the seventh spot, all three players tied to the Pittsburgh Steelers who are a part of the centennial class will be in the second half of the ceremony.
On Sunday, August 8, 2001, the ceremony will begin at 7 PM and will include the seven members of the 2021 class as well as a video tribute to legendary Steelers scout Bill Nunn. Former Steelers All-Pro guard Alan Faneca is set to give his speech in the next to last spot:
The ceremony begins at 7 p.m.
The full lineup will be:
1. DREW PEARSON
2. TOM FLORES
3. PEYTON MANNING
4. JOHN LYNCH
5. CALVIN JOHNSON
6. ALAN FANECA
7. CHARLES WOODSON
A video tribute to Class of 2021 member BILL NUNN will be shown as part of the program.
August 5th through the 8th is shaping up to be a fantastic experience for Steelers fans. Whether attending in person or watching the activities at home, the Steelers are well represented in Canton this year. Between playing in the game and having three players, one coach, and a scout who will be the first person of color elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the contributor category as part of the enshrinement, it’s a full weekend for Steelers’ Nation.