A football taken into space by retired NFL star and TV personality Michael Strahan has landed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
“Flying into space with Blue Origin was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget,” said Strahan, as Cleveland’s FOX 8 reported. “It is an honor to see this special football in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where fans of aerospace and football can share this journey with me.”
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Strahan, who spent 15 seasons as a pass rusher with the New York Giants, joined a unique class of celebrities and paying customers venturing into space when he joined Blue Origin’s space launch on December 11.
The football he took with him now has a permanent place among other football memorabilia in Canton.
“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is delighted to have the opportunity to preserve and display to fans the football donated by Blue Origin and Michael Strahan,” Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said in a statement. “Constance Schwartz-Morini, Michael’s longtime business partner and the CEO of SMAC Entertainment, called me with this creative idea, and we are proud to be a part of the historic moment when Michael was the first Pro Football Hall of Famer to attend the space went .”
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The football flown through space is a first for the facility.
“It was an honor to fly Michael Strahan to space on New Shepard,” said Michael Edmonds, senior vice president of Strategy, Marketing and Sales at Blue Origin, reports FOX 8. “We are excited that this space-flying football will are being showcased in the Hall of Fame to inspire current and future generations to access space for the benefit of Earth.”
The football isn’t the only space-related sporting item on display at an American sports museum: In New Jersey, the USGA Golf Museum and Library in Liberty Corner is home to the golf club the late NASA astronaut Alan Shepard used on the moon in 1971 .