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    A New York Giants legend is immortalized at Canton

    1978 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ring Presented to Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans. As the Giants' Ward Cuff was kicking off to the Brooklyn Dodgers at about 2 PM EST, Japanese planes were just beginning to unload an arsenal of bombs upon the American fleet at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, an event which would draw the United States into the Second World War. What was meant to be remembered as a tribute to the Giants' star halfback, "Leemans' Day" on December 7, 1941 became instead "a date which will live in infamy," and by halftime the Polo Grounds loudspeaker was instructing all military personnel within the spectating crowd of 55,000 to report immediately to their bases.

    But if Leemans was overshadowed on Pearl Harbor day, he got his rightful due thirty-seven years later when he was honored at Canton with a bronze plaque and this important piece of jewelry. Leemans was presented at the podium by Wellington Mara, son of Giants team founder Tim Mara, who had urged his father to take a chance on the all-purpose back from the small school of George Washington in the first NFL collegiate draft in 1936.

    The logo of the Hall of Fame is embossed in gold onto a blue stone on the ring's face, which is encircled by raised text reporting, "Pro Football's Hall of Fame." Left shank is engraved "Back" above imagery of the museum's facade, while right shank features imagery of game action framed between engraved text reading, "Leemans" and "Elected 1978." Interior band is stamped "3C Balfour 10K" and measures to a size fourteen and a half (14.5). Weight twenty-eight grams (28 g.).

    Proud wear is evident but the ring presents beautifully.


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