Pictured above are Darrell Green and Art Monk, two new enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame — two very cold new enshrinees. They are standing behind their Hall of Fame busts and in front of enough balloons to fill eight bar mitzvahs, getting ready to receive a pair of rings that represent the final symbol of their Hall of Fame enshrinement. You can see the rings, and the ceremony, after the jump.
It took them a little while to get to that point, though.
As the gentleman above is advertising, they started their evening by travelling around the stadium by golf cart, greeting people, posing for pictures, signing autographs, and just generally thanking the fans for years of support.
As you might’ve concluded from my detailed coverage of the heated sideline bench, it was cold out. And Art Monk no longer has the full head of hair that graces his rookie card. So — in what was to become one of the highlights of my evening, given the way the game went — I loaned him my hat.
Sadly, he still has it, thus depriving me of what might have become a keepsake to be passed down through the generations of my family. Oh well.
Anyhow, Green and Monk, escorted by a four-man security phalanx and their nimble PR staff, traveled around the outside of the stadium by golf cart for almost two hours prior to the ceremony honoring them. Which might explain why they seem to be a bit cold in the picture above, and in the video below.
Also, if the video is shaking even more than the usual over-caffeinated YouTube jitteriness, I apologize — it was cold out, and I didn’t have a hat.