A New Exhibit: "The Fabric of Football"
12/15/16 2:00 PM
The Drive. The Guarantee. The epic San Diego-Miami playoff game.
Elway. Namath. Fouts…
…And so many more moments and iconic players that make up football’s long, storied history.
Unitas. Marino. Blanda.
Morrall, Jergunson, Grogan, Staubach.
Montana, Lane, Brodie, Kapp.
These names are part of football’s fabric and their actual fabric is now on display at The Hall as a part of "The Fabric of Football" exhibit starting with quarterbacks. The jerseys are part of the Lou Lampson collection.
More than 40 jerseys are now on display from throughout pro football history in an exhibit that transcends the Patriots. Patriots Hall of Famers Steve Grogan and Babe Parilli are included among the jerseys that will be displayed but they are merely the tip of the iceberg.
Blood stains? Check. Ripped jerseys? Check. Jerseys that snap together like a baby’s onesie? Check.
“This jersey display, while featured in a museum and hall of fame that celebrates Patriots history, is for pure football fans,” Hall executive director Bryan Morry said. “If you root for the Jets, Dolphins, Colts, Cowboys or any team, this exhibit is for you. Lou Lampson’s jersey collection is amazing and we are thankful he has allowed us to display it so that New Englanders have a chance to see some of the game’s most iconic uniforms right here in Foxborough.”
The Hall’s Fabric of Football series features different positional groups but will open with the game’s signal callers and conclude eventually with a collection of USFL jerseys to include Natick, Mass., native and former Patriot and New Jersey General Doug Flutie as well as Jim Kelly and more.
“We’re excited to kick off 2017 exhibiting the jerseys of some of the greatest field generals the game has known,” Morry added. “There is an old cliché that football isn’t so much about the Xs and Os, but about the Billys and Joes. This exhibit is definitely about the Billys and Joes. We try to bring in different exhibits for our guests to enjoy and this one will wow our visitors.”