Class of 2015 Includes ESPN’s Jerome Bettis and Bill Polian
ESPN’s Tom Jackson to be Honored with Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award
ESPN will televise the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony for the 21st consecutive year on Saturday, August 8, at 7 p.m. ET. Host Trey Wingo will anchor coverage on ESPN (and WatchESPN) from Canton, Ohio, with NFL analyst Tom Jackson, senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen and national correspondent Sal Paolantonio.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes two members of ESPN’s NFL analyst team: Jerome Bettis, a six-time Pro Bowl running back with 13,662 career yards, and Front Office Insider Bill Polian, a six-time NFL Executive of the Year. Bettis and Polian will be enshrined with Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf.
The day before the Enshrinement Ceremony, Polian will receive the 2015 Bud Selig Mentoring Award by the McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee, composed of 26 minority athletics administrators, for being “at the forefront in creating equal opportunities for minorities in the field of athletics.”
Additionally, Jackson will be honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the 2015 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for his “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.” Jackson’s colleague for the past 28 years, ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman – the 2010 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award recipient, will emcee the Enshrinement Ceremony for the 16th year.
As part of a multi-year agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, ESPN will present the Enshrinement Ceremony through 2020 – the centennial anniversary of the National Football League’s inaugural season. ESPN has televised the Enshrinement Ceremony since 1995.
More on NFL Live and ESPN.com:
This week, ESPN’s daily NFL news and information show NFL Live (3:30 p.m., ESPN) will pay tribute to Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees. The hour-long show will feature special essays and interviews on Seau (today), Haley (Tue), Bettis (Wed) and Polian (Thu).
- Individual stories and accompanying videos for the Class of 2015;
- A live post from each individual’s speech; and
- Fowler and McManamon will staff the Hall of Fame game (Steelers vs. Vikings on Sunday, Aug. 9).