The Hall of Fame Game is a milestone each year.
We go without football for six full months, but it returns to our lives on that night at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio every August. The first preseason game is never very memorable, considering almost anyone who will play any significant role in either team’s regular season plays a handful of snaps at most. But it’s football.
We have a date, time and teams to put on our calendars now. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will meet on Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern time. So, less than six months. We’ll make it, I promise.
The Steelers have Jerome Bettis going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame that weekend, and the Vikings have longtime center Mick Tingelhoff being inducted. On the field, maybe we’ll see Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for a few plays, or maybe even a few Steelers starters.
But it won’t matter. Football will return that night. Start the countdown.