From the moment young football players step onto a field, they dream about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For the nine members in the class of 2023, that dream has become a reality, and the NFL captured the moment they got the good news.
On Friday night, the NFL revealed the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2023. Ronde Barber, Chuck Howley, Joe Klecko, Darrelle Revis, Ken Riley, Joe Thomas, Zach Thomas, DeMarcus Ware, and Don Coryell will all be immortalized in Canton.
Well before the official announcement at the NFL Honors, current members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame got to welcome the new inductees in person, and fans can take a behind-the-scenes look at those emotional moments.
The NFL Network has released a trailer for 'Hall of Fame Knocks: Welcome to Canton,' and you might want to have a tissue nearby while watching it.
Tonight, you found out the members of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2023.— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) February 10, 2023
On Saturday, you can see how "they" found out they were selected.
That's when Hall of Fame Knocks: Welcome to Canton debuts on @nflnetwork at 8:00 PM (EST). pic.twitter.com/YCswkcWQrk
For the second year in a row, current members of the Hall of Fame got the opportunity to deliver the good news to the inductees themselves. In the clip, Pro Football Hall of Fame president Jim Morton explains why that is important to him.
"You take a look at our mission statement: Honor the greatest of the game," Morton said. "What's a better way to honor the greats than by asking them to welcome the new class members in?"
The nine new members in the class of 2023 will officially be enshrined in Canton on Saturday, Aug. 5.