CANTON, Ohio -- Cortez Kennedy's private car joined the police escort from the McKinley Grand Hotel and headed for one of his new homes, the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
What a ride it was Friday, and what a ride it's been for all the Hall of Famers selected to the Class of 2012.
"It's so cool to put that 'HOF 2012' on it," Kennedy said while putting his autograph on a piece of memorabilia for a friend.
Kennedy and the other 2012 enshrinees -- Jack Butler, Chris Doleman, Dermontti Dawson, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf -- have arrived at the Hall and are seated outside among dozens of enshrinees. Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson is speaking now at the dedication for the Hall's latest addition, the Ralph Wilson Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center.
It's an awesome sight.
I'm seated in the first row of the spectator section, about six feet away from Gale Sayers and Joe Greene. Warren Moon, John Hannah, James Lofton, Lynn Swann and Willie Roaf are clearly recognizable across the way.
Wilson has just finished speaking. Commissioner Roger Goodell is succeeding him at the podium. We're about to head inside for a look at the new expansion. My notepad is quickly filling with material. Can't wait to share more of it on the blog.
I've got a couple other posts scheduled to run while I continue to gather. There's a luncheon to attend after this visit to the Hall, followed perhaps an hour later by media availability to the Class of 2012.
Greene, Thurman Thomas and other Hall of Famers are snapping photos while Wilson, Goodell, Moon and others cut the red ribbons.
Back as time permits.