FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon today announced it will be opening a new exhibit featuring iconic professional football jerseys worn throughout the game's history on Friday, Jan. 6.
The exhibit, "The Fabric of Football," will open with game-worn jerseys from 41 NFL quarterbacks on display inside the museum's Grand Hall. Some of the jerseys that will be featured include Joe Namath's Super Bowl III jersey; Dan Fouts' jersey worn during The Epic in Miami - a 1981 playoff game between the Chargers and Dolphins that ended in a Chargers victory, 41-38, in overtime; John Elway's Jersey worn during "The Drive" in Denver's 1986 AFC Championship Game comeback win in Cleveland and Randall Cunningham's jersey worn during the 1988 Fog Bowl playoff game at Soldier Field against the Bears, just to name a few. Game-worn jerseys from Johnny Unitas and Earl Morrall to Sonny Jurgensen and Joe Montana are also on display.
"This is an incredible collection of jerseys that have been loaned to us by a collector," said The Hall Executive Director Bryan Morry. "The list of quarterbacks represented is incredible and the jerseys themselves are remarkable. From blood stains to tears and repairs, the jerseys provide a snapshot into the grit and toughness of pro quarterbacks as well as the different eras in pro football history."
In all, 16 Pro Football Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks will be represented in the first phase of this exhibit, which will eventually highlight iconic NFL players from different positions. Collectively, the 41 quarterbacks threw for more than 1 million yards and threw more than 8,000 touchdown passes while winning 11 Super Bowls in a starting role.
"This exhibit extends beyond Patriots fans and is something all football fans will enjoy," Morry said. "We are excited to have the opportunity to display this private collection right here in Foxborough. It's a unique opportunity for New England fans to see this spectacular array of jerseys so close to home."
Each of the first 13 Super Bowls is represented among the quarterback jerseys that will be on display as are 30 of the first 33. Additionally, 18 league Most Valuable Players are represented.
For more information on the exhibit, call The Hall at 508-698-4800. The Hall is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check www.thehallatpatriotplace.com for schedule changes and closings. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and active military with ID and $5 for children ages 5 to 12.
BY THE NUMBERS: FABRIC OF FOOTBALL
2 – The number of players represented that have won three league MVPs (Johnny Unitas in 1959, 1964 and 1967 and Brett Favre in 1995, 1996 and 1997)
3 – The number of Patriots Hall of Fame quarterbacks represented (Parilli, Grogan and Bledsoe)
5 –The number of quarterbacks represented that won multiple Super Bowls (Staubach 2; Griese 2; Plunkett 2; Montana 4; and Elway 2)
6 – The number of Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Player awards won by Natick, Mass., native Doug Flutie
6 – The number of quarterbacks in the exhibit with Jim as a first name, the most of any other name represented (Jim Harbaugh, Jim Hart, Jim Kelly, Jim McMahon, Jim Plunkett and Jim Zorn)
7 –The number of players represented with multiple league-MVP awards
7 – The number of players represented that played for the Patriots
9 – The number of Super Bowls in which players represented won the MVP award
9 – The number of quarterbacks represented that threw for at least 40,000 yards
10 – The number of Super Bowls in which both starting QBs are represented in the exhibit (III, IV, V, VI, VIII, XII, XIX, XXIV, XXXI and XXXII)
10 – The number of quarterbacks represented that threw 250 or more touchdown passes
11 – The number of quarterbacks represented that won Super Bowls in a starting role
16 – The number of quarterbacks inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame that are represented
18 – The number of players represented who have won league MVPs in the NFL, AFL, USFL and CFL
19 – The number of players represented that started a Super Bowl
19 – The number of quarterbacks represented that threw 200 or more touchdown passes
30 – The number out of the first 33 Super Bowls in which one of the quarterbacks represented started
40 – The collective number of Super Bowls started by players represented
41 – The number of pro football quarterbacks represented in the exhibit
198.1 – The average number of passing touchdowns by the 41 quarterbacks represented
8,123 – The number of touchdown passes thrown by quarterbacks represented in the exhibit
29,402 – The average number of passing yards by the 41 quarterbacks represented
1,205,497 – The number of passing yards accumulated by quarterbacks represented
FABRIC OF FOOTBALL EXHIBIT
Here is a complete list of the quarterbacks represented in the first phase of The Hall's Fabric of Football exhibit:
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