Texas Southern University, the school that produced NFL greats Michael Strahan, Lloyd Mumphord and Julius Adams, will host a traveling exhibit on the history of football starting Jan. 30—just in time for the Super Bowl.
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will fill TSU’s University Museum with NFL memorabilia, interactive multimedia displays, videos, original artifacts, historic jerseys, pads and helmets. Visitors will see the evolution of the equipment and the game, from the first professional football contract signed in 1892, to Knute Rockne’s 1919 Massillon Tigers helmet, to Barry Sanders’ game jersey from 1997, when he became the third player in history to rush 2,000 yards in a single season.
“It’s really surreal to view this exhibit,” said Eva Pickens, vice president for university advancement at TSU. “For a football fan this will be a dream come true. And for younger children, it will be a great place for them to learn the history of the game and have an educational experience.”
Interactive displays include “You Make the Call,” which allows visitors to see a play on the field as a referee would see it and then make the call.
“Our hope with the interactive exhibits is to introduce STEM (science, technology, engi- neering and mathematics) activities to students through the eyes of sports and show students the variety of careers in the sports industry other than being an athlete,” Pickens said.
Gridiron Glory will be on display at TSU through April 30. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the museum, by visiting sites.tsu.edu/gridiron/, or through Ticketmaster. TSU is located at 3100 Cleburne Street in Houston. Information: 713-313-7145.
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