Press Release

The Nation’s Game: The NFL from the Pro Football Hall of Fame


CONTACT: Charles Schuler
Director of Communications
San Francisco International Airport


The Nation’s Game: The NFL from the Pro Football Hall of Fame
New exhibition features game-worn artifacts and memorabilia from all thirty-two teams in the National Football League


SAN FRANCISCO -- Few could have imagined the phenomenal popularity of today’s National Football League when representatives from four Ohio football clubs gathered nearly a century ago in Canton, Ohio, to establish a new standard of professional football. Today, each NFL game attracts nearly 70,000 attendees, more than any other professional sports league. Professional football remains the nation’s favorite spectator sport by a large margin and its popularity shows no sign of abating. The league’s annual championship game, the Super Bowl, has become a secular holiday for many Americans, and more than one million people are expected to attend the week-long festivities in the San Francisco Bay Area leading up to Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. To celebrate this momentous event, SFO Museum is proud to present a selection of memorabilia and game-worn artifacts from each of the league’s thirty-two franchises. Among the objects on display are game-worn items belonging to Hall of Famers from across generations and throughout the league, including Joe Montana’s home jersey, Walter Payton’s helmet, and Jim Brown’s shoulder pads. All objects and images on exhibition are presented Courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame unless otherwise noted.


Special thanks to Joe Horrigan, Executive Vice President Museums, Selection Process, and Chief Communications Officer, Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thanks also to the 49ers Museum presented by Sony; the Oakland Raiders; Dr. Paul Martin, and the Rippon Family Trust, for their generous participation in this exhibition.


About our exhibition partner

Since opening in 1963, The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has been dedicated to honoring the heroes of the game, preserving its history, promoting its values, and celebrating excellence everywhere. Major expansion projects have transformed the Hall of Fame’s original 19,000 square-foot museum into an internationally recognized institution and travel destination with 118,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space. Today, the Hall of Fame is available outside of Canton through a variety of initiatives that include traveling exhibits, artifacts on loan, youth and educational outreach programs, and a dynamic website. Please visit for more information.


View the exhibition online.


The Nation’s Game: The NFL from the Pro Football Hall of Fameis located in Terminal 3, Boarding Area F from September 26, 2015, to February 28, 2016. The exhibition is located post-security and is only accessible to passengers ticketed for travel through Terminal 3. There is no charge to view the exhibition.


SFO Museum

SFO Museum was established by the Airport Commission in 1980 for the purposes of humanizing the Airport environment, providing visibility for the unique cultural life of San Francisco, and providing educational services for the traveling public. The Museum was granted initial accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1999, reaccredited in 2005, and has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport. Today, SFO Museum features approximately twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation. To browse current and past exhibitions, research our collection, or for more information, please visit




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