As the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Executive Director, Joe Horrigan oversees all aspects of the museum and its related objectives.
He also administers of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Annual Enshrinee Selection Process.
Regarded as the foremost historian on pro football, he has authored, co-authored, and edited several books on the subject including The Pro Football Hall of Fame Answer Book; Football Legends of All Time (with Bob Carroll); The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary Book (with John Thorn), and is currently writing The NFL Century, a book celebrating the NFL Centennial scheduled for publication by Rodale Books in 2019.
A 41-year executive of the Hall of Fame and graduate of the University of Akron, Horrigan has served in a variety of positions within the organization. Prior to being named Executive Director in 2016, he was the Hall of Fame’s Executive Vice President of Museums, Selection Process and Chief Communications Officer.
During his long history with the Hall of Fame he has been intimately involved in the development and implementation of several major renovations and expansions of the museum. Under his guidance the Hall of Fame has expanded its outreach to include several nationally televised specials related to the annual Enshrinee Selection process and the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
A regular contributor to NFL Films and NFL Network productions Horrigan has been featured in several films and documentaries. He is also the co-host of the popular weekly national radio show, Pro Football Hall of Fame Radio on SiriusXM.
Horrigan has served on several NFL and Team Committees, including the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Committee, the Washington Redskins 75th Anniversary Committee, and the Cleveland Browns Legends Committee.
He currently serves on the Black College Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of ArtsInStark, a community arts council. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Museums Association, was co-founder and past-president of the Professional Football Researchers Association, and the recipient of that organization’s Ralph E. Hay Award (1991). He was elected to the Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992 as an Historian.
Horrigan also served as a member of the Editorial Board for Sports History Magazine and a member of the Board of Advisors for Sports Heritage Magazine.
He and his wife Mary Ann are the parents of two adult sons, Daniel and Shaun.