The Hall of Fame is a solid sign that football season has arrived. It all started in 1962, when the ground was broken for the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and though there have been some scheduling issues and cancellations in the past, the game is being played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium today.
This is unlike any other preseason game in that it involves a ceremony to celebrate the game’s luminaries and present the new Hall of Fame class. While this game usually features backups and many players who will not make the final roster, it serves as a way to get the NFL crowd excited for another exciting season.
The two teams competing in the Hall of Fame game will play one additional preseason game than the rest of the league, increasing the total to four. The Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets will square off in Canton this year.
This is an AFC clash featuring two strong quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers, but neither may see action in this exhibition game. For the Jets, lockdown cornerback Darrelle Revis and famous Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas will be honored over the weekend before the game.
What Is the NFL Hall of Fame Game?
The NFL Hall of Fame Game is an annual exhibition that takes place on the same weekend as the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s annual ceremony.
From 1971 until 2010, the game usually pitted an AFC squad against an NFC team. However, since 2011, each squad has been linked to a player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
When Is the NFL Hall of Fame Game in 2023?
- Date: Thursday, Aug. 3
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio
Where to watch the NFL Hall of Fame game?
The game will be telecast live from Canton, Ohio’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday, August 3, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET. Keep an eye out for the NBC broadcast. Local fans can watch the game at home for free if they sign up for a trial of DirecTV Stream or FuboTV.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will honor the members of the class of 2023 beginning at noon, with broadcasts accessible nationally on ESPN and the NFL Network.
Who Is Playing in the Hall of Fame Game?
In the 2023 Hall of Fame Game, the New York Jets will face the Cleveland Browns. Former Jets Darrelle Revis, Joe Klecko, and ex-Brown Joe Thomas are among this year’s Hall of Fame entrants, so it’s only natural that New York and Cleveland will be represented in the HOF game.
Because teams rarely play many of their starting players in the Hall of Fame Game, fans may have to wait to see Aaron Rodgers in a Jets uniform. However, young players such as Jets running back Israel Abanikanda and Browns running back Jerome Ford might see significant playing time as New York and Cleveland evaluate the depth of their rosters.
In recent years, neither the Jets nor the Browns have appeared in the Hall of Fame Game. Cleveland participated in the HOF game after the Browns were reestablished in 1999, while Gang Green last competed in 1992.
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