GRIDIRON GLORY: Exhibit Experience

For immediate release

Release dated: 
June 10, 2016
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3148,
Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137,

GRIDIRON GLORY: Exhibit Experience

Organized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the exhibit presents a panoramic view of the story of professional football--from its humble beginnings in the 1890s to the sports phenomenon it has become today. The exhibit is divided into 10 sections:

  • The Pioneers - A salute to the early days of the sport featuring players
  • The Great Moments - Extraordinary acts of athletic ability presented by NFL Films
  • The Great Players - Stars that made every fan take notice, including Johnny Unitas, Jim Brown, Joe Namath and many Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famers
  • The Dynasties - Teams that dominated an era, including the Minnesota Vikings defensive line, the Purple People Eaters, in the late 1960s
  • Pro Football’s Road to Equality - An inspirational story of the rise of black athletes
  • The Science of Football - The marriage between sports and science with topics from nutrition to projectiles to the laws of motion
  • Football as a Way of Life - Pro football’s ever-increasing role in American life and popular culture
  • Records are Made to be Broken - Milestone events that have become seemingly unbeatable records
  • Championship Theater - The excitement of winning through a high-energy NFL Films presentation of the road to the Super Bowl
  • Let’s Hear it for the Home Team - Get to know the Minnesota Vikings through iconic artifacts, photos and film footage

Interactive elements include:

  • Head to the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp to work on your vertical leap, broad jump, kicking and passing games
  • Compare your body size to that of an NFL player
  • Put on reproduction vintage uniforms and compare it to today’s lightweight equipment
  • Become a referee and make the call in an authentic NFL instant replay booth
  • Kick a field goal and make a winning pass
  • Step into a huddle