PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pro football has come a long way from leather helmets and empty stadiums. It’s a story told in mementoes of seasons past.

Joe Horrigan with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, flanked by Steeler great Franco Harris and Heinz History Center President Andy Masich unveils the first exhibit artifacts.

“We’re talking about everything from the pioneers to the road to equality, dynasties, records are made to be broken, the science of pro football, pro football and pop culture, all of these different subjects,” he said.

While some items have already arrived, more than 200 additional artifacts are on their way. They’ll be here in time for the kickoff October 6.

Among the pieces already at the history center are record-setting footballs from Dan Marino. Franco Harris is loaning his Hall of Fame jacket.

“I walked down the stage and put the jacket on and it was like a ton of bricks hit me saying, ‘Wow, this is the greatest moment,’” he said.

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