Portman, Brown pushing football hall of fame coin

Cincinnati Enquirer (also in AP)

CINCINNATI — Ohio’s Republican U.S. senator and two of its House members will team up with all-time football stars to push for a commemorative coin to benefit the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sen. Rob Portman and GOP Reps. Bob Gibbs and Jim Renacci (reh-NAY’-see) plan a press conference Tuesday in Washington with Hall of Fame players running back Floyd Little, wide receiver Lynn Swann, tight end Kellen Winslow Sr. and wide receiver Steve Largent.

Portman of Cincinnati and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin introduced legislation earlier for the special U.S. mint coin. Proceeds after costs are covered would support the Hall of Fame in Canton as it plans to renovate and expand.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is a co-sponsor, while Renacci and Gibbs are promoting House legislation.

Similar legislation passed in the House last year, but stalled in the Senate.

The Hall of Fame players plan to call on Senate members Tuesday to try to pick up more support, and Portman plans to host a reception with colleagues and the former players.

George Veras, president and CEO of Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises, noted in a statement that the hall will celebrate its 50th anniversary in September. Veras said he’s grateful to the members of Congress who want “to honor the legacy of the Hall, and promote the rich history and positive values of the game of professional football.”

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