The Hall of Fame weekend has ended and Chiefs greats Hank Stram and Marcus Allen are now officially members of the esteemed football fraternity. But the celebration is far from over for fans of Kansas City Chiefs football.
A final moment for both Stram and Allen will come in the presentation of their Hall of Fame rings in special ceremonies at Arrowhead Stadium during halftimes of the Pittsburgh and Cleveland games.
Stram's moment will come during the team's Alumni Weekend, Sunday, September 14, Kansas City vs. Pittsburgh, where players from yesteryear return to Kansas City for their annual reunion. The poignant moment will be when Stram receives his ring from John Bankert, Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at midfield while many of his former players stand around him.
Allen will receive his ring from Bankert at halftime of the Chiefs game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, November 9. Although Allen played a major portion of his career with the Raiders, he has asked that his ring be presented at a Chiefs game, the team he played with from '93-97.
Allen called those final years in Kansas City "football heaven" and in remarks made at the time of his induction thanked team Founder Lamar Hunt, President Carl Peterson and former coach Marty Schottenheimer "for giving me the shot in the arm that I needed at that time in my life."
The double-ring ceremony of sorts will mark the final phase of what has been a Hall of Fame season for Kansas City. Hall officials say that it has been a rare occasion when two players from the same franchise have had rings presented during two different games.