The 1983 NFL Draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 26–27, 1983. No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.
This year's draft is frequently referred to as the draft with the quarterback class of 1983, because six quarterbacks were taken in the first round, an unusually high number. Of these quarterbacks, four played in the Super Bowl, four were selected to play in the Pro Bowl, and three have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The next highest number of quarterbacks taken in the first round is the five taken in the 1999 NFL Draft. All six quarterbacks were drafted by American Football Conference (AFC) teams. In eleven of the sixteen years following this draft, the AFC was represented in the Super Bowl by a team led by one of these quarterbacks: the Denver Broncos by John Elway (five times), the Buffalo Bills by Jim Kelly (four times), the Miami Dolphins by Dan Marino (once), or the New England Patriots by Tony Eason (once).
A total of six players drafted in the first round have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (seven total have been inducted to date). Each round of this draft also contained at least one player who was later selected to play in the Pro Bowl.
The client was tasked with re-creating the original 1983 NFL Draft Room which took place at the then New York Sheraton Hotel, now the Park Central Hotel - in the original ballroom. This included all of the furniture, carpeting, draping, and platforms. The client, in turn, contacted the professionals at Pro AV Rentals for assistance in duplicating the room. Here's what they wanted reproduced, and the only images we were provided. We worked hand in hand with the Art Director, Chris Jones.
Here are the results...
Pro AV Rentals provided and installed everything pictured in the 2013 re-created room, with the exception of the NFL Brand items, place cards, and red carpeting. The podium is the Original podium that the Hotel still had in it's inventory.
PIPE & DRAPE
- Drapery - Grey Encore 22oz Drape
- Drapery - Red Super Vel 8oz Drape
- Drapery - Natural Muslin (Over 200')
- Various 4x4 Platform Risers
- Assorted Sized Wood Tables
- Royal Blue Banjo Table Skirts
- Black Duvetyne Stage Skirts
BEHIND THE SCENES
VIDEO - MAKING OF THE SET
VIDEO - THE FINAL PRODUCT