Gridiron Glory: New VHS exhibition puts the focus on football

Photo Credit: Virginia Historical Society

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A new exhibition is now open at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS), and it has football fans excited.


It’s called Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It details the story of professional football from its beginning in the late nineteenth century until today.

“The exhibition covers the early start of professional football, and what we have on display is the birth certificate of professional football — an 1892 account book ledger that lists a player being paid $500 to play in a football game,” said Greg Hansard, VHS curator for Gridiron Glory.

1Hansard says one item football fans are most excited to see up close is the Lombardi Trophy.

Here’s how the VHS describes the exhibition on its website:


Artifacts in the exhibition include such storied objects as a Super Bowl trophy, Tom Dempsey’s famous kicking shoe made for his half-foot, “Mean Joe” Greene’s helmet, and more than 200 other items. A wide range of hands-on interactives allows visitors to feel the weight of a player’s shoulder pads, try on a helmet and hear recorded calls from a game, or test their knowledge in an “NFL Instant Replay.” Other interactives explore the science and technology of the game. Photography, unique documents, and film footage bring the football experience to life.


The exhibition is on display until September 4.


Visitors can purchase tickets online or by calling 804-358-4901.

Gridiron Glory is free for children under the age of 6 and VHS members. It’s $20 for nonmembers.

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