According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, all presenters have now been chosen for those who will be be officially enshrined into the Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio on August 3 — including two former Kansas City Chiefs players: tight end Tony Gonzalez and safety Johnny Robinson.
Presenters are chosen by the inductees. Although they are sometimes teammates or coaches with whom the inductee worked during their playing days, often they are friends or family members.
Such will be the case with the two former Chiefs to be inducted into the Hall. Gonzalez will be introduced by his cousin Dennis Allen. Robinson will be introduced by his stepson Bob Thompson.
Officially, the role of the presenter is to introduce the Hall’s new member through a video presentation and accompany them during the ceremony. The two of them will together unveil the bronze bust of the enshrinee that will be on permanent display in the Hall.
“[Dennis has] been there since the beginning. He’s been a huge part of my life on and off the field,” Gonzalez told the Hall of Fame. “You got to have people that are going to tell you the truth in a loving way. You don’t have to be brutally honest. You can be lovingly honest. He has always been very lovingly honest with me.”
“There really aren’t adequate words to describe the emotions that I have being asked to be the presenter for Johnny Robinson,” Thompson said. “To be chosen as presenter is one of the greatest honors of my life. I bet there aren’t many guys in the world that can say that his childhood football hero eventually became his stepdad!”
The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 3 at 6:00 p.m. Arrowhead Time. It will be carried live on NFL Network.