LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —
By: Gina Miller, CBS2/KCAL9 Sports Anchor
Call me biased but I adore football memorabilia. I love seeing how the game, its equipment and players have changed throughout the years.
Football! The Exhibition at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum can satisfy even the hungriest football fan’s appetite with more than 600 pieces of memorabilia ranging from leather helmets dating from the late 1800’s to commemorative Lombardi Trophies that are signed by that year’s Super Bowl MVP.
The exhibit, presented in partnership with Los Angeles businessman and memorabilia collector Gary Cypres, is extensive, filling up a 5,000 square-foot exhibit hall at the Reagan Library.
There are game-worn jerseys and autographed helmets, Super Bowl rings, the USC/UCLA Victory Bell, Heisman Trophies, letterman’s sweaters and more.
I was fascinated by the vintage memorabilia that truly shows how much the game of football has evolved: the leather helmets, tiny shoulder pads and leather footballs that weigh as much as a 5-pound medicine ball.
There is no way modern-era players could survive the game playing in that kind of protective gear.
The exhibit runs through mid-January 2016. For more information visit ReaganLibrary.com/Football.