The Goodyear Blimp is soaring to new heights.
The blimp – which is not to be confused with a zeppelin or dirigible – is being made an honorary member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Being honored for its lengthy coverage of college football, the blimp will be the first non-player or coach to be inducted into the Hall. Its exhibit will feature historical blimp artifacts, video footage, and pictures.
Since covering the 1955 Rose Bowl Game, the blimp has provided aerial coverage at more than 2,000 games across the country.
“College players and fans know that when the Goodyear blimp shows up, it’s a big game,” National Football Foundation Chairman Archie Manning said in a statement. “Its presence is intrinsically known and tied to the traditions that make college football so great. As the eye in the sky to college football’s greatest coaches, players and moments, it’s only fitting that the Goodyear blimp joins the College Football Hall of Fame in a year when the game celebrates its 150th anniversary.”
As part of its coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship tonight, ESPN will conduct a BlimpCast from inside the iconic airship which will be available on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.