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"The Eleven" greatest moments in pro football history come to life as public art!

The Eleven

The ELEVEN is a $2.2 million multi-year project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame which celebrates the greatest moments in professional football history with a walkable series of 11 pieces of world-class art throughout downtown Canton, Ohio.

"Birth" of the NFL (1920) 

Corner of 2nd Street SW and Cleveland Ave. SW at the Frank T. Bow Building

By artist Michael Clapper of Denver, Colorado  

The sculpture was constructed near the site where the agreement was signed to form the American Professional Football Association, later renamed the National Football League.


Red Grange Turns Pro (1925) 

624 Market Ave. N

By artist Heather Bullach 

The installation commemorates Chicago Bears' college superstar, halfback Harold “Red” Grange, and he becomes pro football’s first big gate attraction.


The NFL Draft (1936) 

Corner of 4th Street NW and Cleveland Ave. NW

By artist Gail Folwell of Boulder, Colorado 

The sculpture celebrates NFL Commissioner Bert Bell’s idea, now known as the NFL draft.


Reintegration of Pro Football (1946) 

Onesto Parking Garage at 238 Cleveland Ave. NW

By artist Paul Collins of Muskegon, Michigan

This installation celebrates the "Forgotten Four"; Woody Strode and Kenny Washington signed by the Los Angeles Rams and Marion Motley and Bill Willis signed by the Cleveland Browns, breaking the color barrier in professional sports a full year before Jackie Robinson began playing professional baseball.


Formation of the American Football League (1959) 

900 Cleveland Ave. NW - ArtsinStark (along 9th Street NW)

By artist Katherine Stanek

This concrete sculpture represents the formation of the American Football League and its innovations to the game, including the use of television.  Eight men, including Lamar Hunt, led the league that once competed against the NFL.


AFL/NFL Merger (1966) 

Corner of McKinley Ave NW and 3rd Street NW at Eric Snow YMCA

By artist David Griggs of Denver, Colorado

This abstract metal sculpture captures the essence of the battle between and eventual merger of the two leagues. 


The Ice Bowl (1967) 

Cleveland Ave and 10th Street NW  - Canton Cultural Center for the Arts (rear)

By artist Brad Spencer

The brick sculpture captures the final touchdown of a historic game in frigid conditions on New Year’s Eve 1967 at Lambeau Field, when Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21 – 17, culminating Vince Lombardi's era with the Green Bay Packers.


Super Bowl III (1968)

1001 Market Avenue North at Cultural Center for the Arts

By artist Dirk Rozich of Northeast Ohio

This mural celebrates one of the greatest upsets in sports history, the year Joe Namath guaranteed and led his New York Jets to victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts. 


Monday Night Football (1970)  

Chase Tower at 101 Central Plaza S

By artist Jeffrey Keirn

This piece captures the success of NFL football on primetime television.  The NFL debuted on ABC primetime with the Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets on September 21, 1970.


FINAL PIECES OF "THE ELEVEN" COMING SOON:

Colts/NY Giants Championship Game (1958)

Pete Rozelle Named Commissioner (1960)
 

LEARN MORE ABOUT "THE ELEVEN" GREATEST MOMENTS FROM THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF THE NFL IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, AS SELECTED BY THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME.


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