Ford Hall of Fans

Ford Hall of Fans Finalists

INTRODUCING THE FORD HALL OF FANS
CLASS OF 2021

Congratulations, Wayne, Kristi, and Ray! Your unwavering passion for the Raiders, Cardinals, and Browns is extraordinary, and your legion of supporters have cast their votes. You’re now official members of the Ford Hall of Fans Class of 2021 – and will be enshrined alongside the Hall of Famer legends you’ve cheered on for years. Welcome to Canton!

INTRODUCING THE FORD HALL OF FANS CLASS OF 2021

The Finalists

Kristi Brown
Kristi Brown
Nominated by Aeneas Williams.
Finalist
Kristi Brown
  • Favorite NFL Team:  Arizona Cardinals
  • Fan since the age of 3, when the Cardinals moved to Arizona.
  • Longtime season ticket holder and faithful training camp attendee.
  • With years of hard work, she actually became a Cardinals cheerleader for two seasons.
  • Huge collection of team memorabilia at home.
  • Named her dog after a Cardinals player.
  • Biggest passion is raising awareness to help cure Chiari malformation, the disease her son was diagnosed with.
  • Quote: "The Hall of Fans is what diehard fans' dreams are made of."
Kristi Brown
Kristi Brown
Nominated by Aeneas Williams.
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Finalist

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Ray Prisby
Ray Prisby
Nominated by Jim Brown.
Finalist
Ray Prisby
"Showdawg"
  • Favorite NFL Team:  Cleveland Browns
  • Retired U.S. Air Force veteran.
  • Has collected Browns memorabilia since 1961.
  • His fan cave has so many vintage items, the Browns stadium museum has asked to borrow some of Ray's collection.
  • Only wears brown and orange.
  • Has encyclopedic knowledge of Browns history and statistics.
  • Wrote kid's book featuring a character who's a big Browns fan.
  • Quote: "I love to see young Browns fans' faces light up when I give them a Browns gift because it's totally unexpected."
Ray Prisby
"Showdawg"
Ray Prisby
Nominated by Jim Brown.
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Finalist

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Wayne Mabry
Wayne Mabry
Nominated by Howie Long.
Finalist
Wayne Mabry
"Violator"
  • Favorite NFL Team:  Las Vegas Raiders
  • As a kid, was mesmerized by the shield with the one-eyed pirate and crossed swords.
  • Has a crazy-deep collection of Raiders memorabilia.
  • Season ticket holder for an amazing 37 years.
  • On game days and for events, he transforms himself into "Violator," an iconic black-and-silver character that comes to life after hours of face-painting and wardrobe perfection.
  • A big fan of giving back to those in need, Wayne helps to feed veterans and helps kids battle cancer, autism and cerebral palsy.
  • Quote: "Being a superfan is about serving others and giving a positive vibe to people."
Wayne Mabry
"Violator"
Wayne Mabry
Nominated by Howie Long.
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Finalist

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The Nominees

Justin Laveing
Justin Laveing
Nominated by Lynn Swann.
Justin Laveing
"T Dog"
  • Favorite NFL Team:  Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Has extensive and ever-expanding in-home collection of Steelers autographed gear.
  • Hosts socially distanced Steelers tailgates in a hotel parking lot across from Heinz Field.
  • Runs a 2,000-member Steelers fan group.
  • Organizes yard sales for Steelers fans to buy and sell memorabilia.
  • Has a podcast about his visits to Steelers fan caves all over the country.
  • Volunteers for Toys for Tots and sets up drop-off locations at his office and his tailgates.
  • Quote: "I want to give everything I can to Steeler Nation, so that everybody enjoys it as much as I do."
Justin Laveing
"T Dog"
Justin Laveing
Nominated by Lynn Swann.

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Tony Roccograndi
Tony Roccograndi
Nominated by Ed Reed.
Tony Roccograndi
  • Favorite NFL Team:  Baltimore Ravens
  • Got into football as a kid, as a way of being close to his dad.
  • Season ticket holder since the Ravens moved to Baltimore.
  • Took his dad to games, and later on, his own family too.
  • Just like when he was growing up, he cherishes every moment of their time together with football.
  • Dedicated collector of Ravens gear, including coveted Super Bowl memorabilia.
  • Longtime supporter of the families of fallen Baltimore firefighters.
  • Quote: "I think of my dad every time I attend a Ravens game."
Tony Roccograndi
Tony Roccograndi
Nominated by Ed Reed.

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Jamie O’Pelt
Jamie O’Pelt
Nominated by Randy White.
Jamie O’Pelt
  • Favorite NFL Team:  Dallas Cowboys
  • Grew up with Cowboys football like it was a religion.
  • Never stopped worshipping the team, even in the lean years.
  • Built a Cowboys-themed media room.
  • Built a Cowboys-themed workshop.
  • And built his pride and joy: a replica 1933 Ford hot rod, done up blue, white and silver, and driven thousands of miles a year to events ranging from Cowboys training camp to airshows to charity events.
  • Quote: "I always recognized the benefits of a group working toward one common goal and the camaraderie of a team."
Jamie O’Pelt
Jamie O’Pelt
Nominated by Randy White.

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