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Students Visit Football Hall of Fame
The Football in American Culture (HIST 462) class, taught by Dr. Russ Crawford, assistant professor of history, recently traveled to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. There, students viewed exhibits that traced the history of professional football from the National Football League's origin in a car dealership showroom in Canton, to the now global sport that includes professional leagues in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America.
In addition to the displays dedicated to NFL players, coaches and fans, the Hall also had large exhibits illustrating the role professional football played in providing opportunities for African-Americans to enter the mainstream of American society in the 1940s and 1950s, and the service and sacrifices of NFL players and coaches in America's wars.