The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the arrival of Deion Sander’s helmet and a game ball on Monday.
When Sanders is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, he will become the first long-time Falcon enshrined.
He will join running back Eric Dickerson and wide receiver Tommy McDonald as the only Falcons in Canton. Dickerson played briefly for the Falcons during the 1993 season. McDonald, who was a member of the 1967 squad, played just one season for the Falcons.
“We’re so pleased that Deion has sent his helmet and football. It’s a great way for fans visiting the Hall of Fame to connect to his great career,” said Jason Aikens, the hall’s collections curator in a statement.
Sanders’ memorabilia will be placed in an exhibit that features the 2011 class.
The 2011 induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 6. If the lockout is over, the Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Rams will play on Sunday, August 7.
(FULL DISCLOSURE: D. Orlando Ledbetter is a member of Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 44-person Selection Committee.)
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog