Advisory: Traveling HOF Exhibit is Excellent, But....

Damali Binta – Apr 13, 2017

On April 12, 2017, a couple of students walked with me to the museum that displayed the Canton Hall of Fame exhibit on the campus of Texas Southern University, in Houston, Texas. The display was excellent, but I was disappointed that no mention of the veterans who have been recognized on a HOF Honor Roll was included to encourage those at the host university.

My advisory is that, in the future, whenever there is a Super Bowl in a city and the location of the traveling HOF exhibit is selected, it seems reasonable to do research and to be creative to find a way to recognize some of the older players who made outstanding contributions to the NFL, and who attended the host university.  This strategy could, hopefully, get the attention of young people and visitors to the traveling museum in a particular venue.

In times like these, we need to do everything we can to inspire young people to aspire to excellent performance in sports, in pro football, in academics, and in life.

I surveyed several students and they believe tension is building up in society. One way to divert attention from the negative news in the media is to involve yourself in deeper study in the professions, hobbies, sports, academics, etc. that you enjoy.

I will visit the HOF display again with a group of elders from the Elders Institute of Wisdom at SHAPE Community Center, but I had to take this opportunity to share my concerns about the absence of the display on the veterans who were NFL players, and no significant display on my favorite team, the Oakland Raiders. After all, the Raiders have three Super Bowl championships, and the research shows that at least three great NFL players attended Texas Southern University and somehow they could have been represented in the exhibit, in my opinion. The three senior players I have in mind are Winston Hill (New York Jets), Ernie Holmes (Pittsburg Steelers) and Warren Wells (Oakland Raiders).

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