This weekend, legendary Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer finally will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an honor that has been a long time coming. Kramer will speak on Saturday during the enshrinement ceremony, but there are a slew of events taking place leading up to that particular event that should pique Packers fans’ interest.
First up on Friday afternoon is media availability for the enshrinees. Unfortunately, the Hall of Fame announced that Kramer will not be holding his press conference due to being under the weather, but that he will indeed be participating on Saturday.
In the meantime, there are a number of other incoming Hall of Famers who have some Packers connections or who played for rival teams in their careers. For example, Brian Urlacher of course was a Chicago Bear for his entire career, while Randy Moss started out in Minnesota. Even Ray Lewis has a Packers connection, as the team had intended to draft him in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft but saw him go one pick ahead of them.
With all this in mind, here is the rough schedule of events for Enshrinement Weekend, and APC has boots on the ground in Canton, with Kris Burke attending many of the events on Friday and Saturday. He’ll have plenty of social media content and other items to bring to you live from the various APC social channels, so keep it here and be sure to follow our accounts directly as well.
(Note: all times below are in Eastern Time.)
Friday, August 3
2:15 PM: Enshrinees’ Media Availability
6:00 PM: Gold Jacket Dinner
Saturday, August 4
8:00 AM: Grand Parade
7:00 PM: Class of 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony (Kramer is scheduled to speak third)
Sunday, August 5
12:30 PM: Enshrinees’ Roundtable
Full 2018 Hall of Fame Class
(Listed in the order that they will speak during the ceremony)
- Robert Brazile (Houston Oilers; senior finalist)
- Bobby Beathard (Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Washington, San Diego Chargers; contributor)
- Jerry Kramer (Green Bay Packers; senior finalist)
- Brian Urlacher (Chicago Bears)
- Brian Dawkins (Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos)
- Randy Moss (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers)
- Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens)
- Not in attendance: Terrell Owens (San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals)