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Jerry Jones, Hall of Fame group meet with Pope Francis at Vatican (pics/vids)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones headlined a contingent of Pro Football Hall of Fame representatives visiting the Vatican on Wednesday to meet with Pope Francis.

The pontiff was presented with a gold helmet and Hall of Fame jersey, which should go nicely alongside the Michigan Wolverines swag he received from Jim Harbaugh earlier this year.

The Hall of Fame’s Twitter account chronicled the visit.

“I am pleased to greet you, the members and directors of the American Pro Football Hall of Fame and welcome you to the Vatican,” the pope said of his Hall of Fame visitors, according to a Hall of Fame press release. “Teamwork, fair play and the pursuit of personal excellence are the values — in the religious sense, we can say virtues that have guided your commitment, on and off the field.

“These values meet the needs of our brothers and sisters and combat the exaggerated individualism, indifference and injustice that hold us back from living as one human family.”

The Hall of Fame prepared an official invitation to Pope Francis requesting a “private audience.”

Jones, who is to be enshrined in the Hall in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 4 as a member of the 2017 class, was accompanied by wife Gene during the Vatican trip.

“What a magnificent thing for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and to have him recognize pro football,” Jones said of the Pope in a release. “When I think of the millions who know our spiritual leader, it is very special to think that we had his audience on behalf of the game.”

“It has been a magical day,” added Gene Jones. “Pope Francis has blessed the entire NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

Jones was joined by several enshrined Hall of Famers, including Curtis Martin, Chris Doleman, Franco Harris, Jim Taylor, Ronnie Lott and Floyd Little. Members of the Hall’s board of trustees as well as staff also attended the event.