Friday evening the NFL held it’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket Dinner in Canton, Ohio.
The annual dinner is held as part of the NFL’s Hall of Fame week and gives those in attendance the chance to see the current year’s class receive their gold jackets before the weekend’s official enshrinement ceremony.
This year’s class of inductees includes Richard Seymour, Tony Boselli, LeRoy Butler, Sam Mills, Dick Vermeil, and Bryant Young.
From left to right, are: Bryant Young, Dick Vermeil, Tony Boselli, Richard Seymour, a photo of Sam Mills held by his widow Melanie Mills, a photo of Cliff Branch held by his sister Elaine Anderson, Leroy Butler, and a photo of Art McNally held by his grandchildren Connor and Shannon McNally
Bryant Young, Dick Vermeil, Tony Boselli and Richard Seymour pose during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner
Seymour, who is also the youngest member of the class is the name most younger fans will remember having most recently played in 2012 for the then Oakland Raiders. During his career Seymour won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots among a bevy of other accolades.
Dick Vermeil is the only member of the class to have served as a coach having been the head coach for the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs throughout a long career that also included success in the college game with UCLA.
Branch and Mills passed away in 2019 and 2005, respectively. Customary honors were presented to relatives.
Former Patriots and Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour receives his gold jacket
Former NFL coach Dick Vermeil points to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket Friday
Art Mcnally spent nine years on the field as an official before becoming the league’s Supervisor of Officials in 1968.
He held that role until 1991, remaining involved in the game until 2015 and becoming known as the ‘Father of Modern Officiating.’
The 97-year-old McNally is the first on-field official to be inducted into the Hall. He was not in attendance for the event however.
Tony Boselli smiles after receiving gold jacket during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Dinner
LeRoy Butler waves after receiving gold jacket from wife Genesis Jordan in Canton, Ohio