The first trip by Detroit Lions great running back Barry Sanders to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, was when he was inducted in 2004.
Sanders was focusing on the ceremony and didn't get much time to check out the exhibits at the 82,000-square-foot space. He did make a it point to look up some of his favorites: the Super Bowl champions, the history of the Green Bay Packers and the shrine to his idol Marcus Allen, who was inducted the previous year.
"Joining the Hall of Fame is the standard by which all players are judged," said Sanders, who played nine seasons and rushed for more than 15,000 yards. "I now know that I'm officially part of the history and story of the game."
Today, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced it will hit the road to commemorate its 50th anniversary with a 5,000-square-foot interactive multimedia exhibit.
More than 200 mementoes -- including the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Jim Brown's game-worn jersey and Drew Brees' passing record jersey -- will be on display in "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
The exhibit will debut in Pittsburgh at the Heinz History Center on Saturday, spending three months there. It will head to New Orleans for the 2013 Super Bowl, St. Louis, Detroit and then on to New York/New Jersey for the 2014 Super Bowl.
"I think fans will love this traveling exhibit, and the importance and significance will grow," Sanders said. "When I first saw everything in 2004, I was overwhelmed. Today, stepping back, I realize it's a pretty big deal."