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The National Football League annoucned that the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos will kick off the National Football League’s 100th season in the city where the league was born. The Falcons and Broncos are scheduled to face each other in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


1969 – vs. Green Bay (L, 24-38)
1981 – vs. Cleveland (L, 10-24)
1994 – vs. San Diego Chargers (W, 21-17)

1976 – vs. Detroit (W, 10-7)
1991 – vs. Detroit (L, 3-14)
2004 – vs. Washington (L, 17-20)

The game marks the fourth appearance by each club in the annual preseason classic. Both teams own 1-2 records in the Hall of Fame Game series. Broncos owner Pat Bowen and cornerback Champ Bailey and former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame two days later. The other members of the Class of 2019 include Gil Brandt, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson. The Class of 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony is set for Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Tickets for the 2019 Hall of Fame Game and the Enshrinement Ceremony went on sale today and can be ordered online at

“We are fired up to kick off the NFL’s 100th season in the Hall of Fame Game,” Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. “We are honored to play in Canton and be a part of the celebration for all of the inductees. This is also an opportunity for us to strengthen our connection and our brotherhood with additional time on the field.”

Broncos coach Vic Fangio commented, “With Mr. Bowlen and Champ Bailey part of this year’s induction class, it’s an honor for the Broncos to play in the Hall of Fame Game. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of Broncos fans in Canton, and it’s also special for us to help kick off the NFL’s 100th season. Football-wise, it gives our team an extra week of training camp and additional practices that we’ll use to our advantage,” he told KUSA-TV and the Rocky Mountain News.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Game will be televised nationally by NBC and called by the Sunday Night Football team and broadcast nationally on radio by Westwood One.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a key component of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village that is underway around the Hall’s campus, was labeled as among “13 Game-Changing NFL Stadiums” by Forbes.

2019 PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT WEEK POWERED BY JOHNSON CONTROLS: The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, a multi-day celebration of the enshrinement of the newest Hall of Fame Class, is held each year in Canton. The ceremony is nationally televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls kicks off the NFL’s 100th season with the annual Hall of Fame Game between Atlanta and Denver on Thursday, August 1. Other major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game are the nationally televised (NFL Network) Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner on Friday, August 2 and the Enshrinees Roundtable on Sunday, August 4. The celebration in Canton wraps up on Sunday night with the Concert for Legends featuring Imagine Dragons.

The week’s events are part of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival that now includes more than 18 diverse events enjoyed by more than 700,000 fans and millions more through television broadcasts.

More than 130 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each year to be a part of the Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Nowhere else are fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one time as in Canton during the annual celebration.

2019 ENSHRINEMENT WEEK POWERED BY JOHNSON CONTROLS OFFICIAL TICKET PACKAGES: Official ticket packages for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls are on sale now at or by calling 844-751-0532. A variety of ticket packages, starting at $299, provide fans with VIP experiences, premium seating and parties with Hall of Famers. Packages range from event day offerings to four-day experiences that include a multitude of exclusive extras.

Fans can also sign up to receive information and updates about tickets by going to or by following the Hall on social media @ProFootballHOF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

ABOUT THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Located in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution with the Mission to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. AAM accreditation is national recognition for the museum’s commitment to excellence and the highest professional standards of museum operation and public service.

Hundreds of thousands of fans from across the globe travel to Canton annually to experience “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!” that chronicles America’s most popular sport. The Pro Football Hall of Fame, also voted Top Tourist Attraction in Ohio, was named the Best Attraction for Sports Fans in the USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.

Construction on Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, an $889 million development project that includes 10 main components, is under way in Canton to transform the Hall of Fame’s campus.

They spend time on air talking aobut football. This week, NFL Network will be honoring them.

Honoring some of the NFL’s greatest legends, including three of their own analysts, NFL Network will provide seven hours of live Pro Football Hall of Fame coverage Saturday, August 5 from Canton, Ohio beginning at 4 p.m. (All times listed are Eastern)

Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls will be highlighted by the induction of three NFL Network analysts, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner and Terrell Davis. With these inductions, NFL Network doubles its number of Hall of Famers to six total (Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin) – far surpassing the number of Hall of Fame analysts on staff at any other network in the industry.

Tomlinson, Warner and Davis will be welcomed to the hall alongside fellow inductees Kenny Easley, Jason Taylor, Morten Andersen and Jerry Jones during the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony which airs live on NFL Network at 7 p.m.

Coverage will kick off on Friday, August 4 at 8 p.m. with Players Only: Hall of Fame. The one-hour program features a discussion with NFL Network’s six Hall of Fame analysts – Tomlinson, Warner, Davis, Faulk, Sanders and Irvin – about their time in the NFL and what they are most looking forward to about the Enshrinement ceremony.

On Friday at 9 p.m., NFL Network will air the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket Ceremony, followed by a look back at the most iconic career moments of 2017’s Hall of Fame Class during a special edition of Eternal Red Zone at 10 p.m At 10:30 p.m., Tomlinson, Warner and Davis visit training camps of their former teams in Back 2 Camp, followed by a live edition of NFL Total Access at 11 p.m.

On Saturday, August 5, coverage begins at 4 p.m. with Hall of Fame Saturday from Canton, Ohio. Host Rich Eisen, Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci and Steve Wyche anchor the three-hour show.

Featured on the three-hour show:

The moment Hall of Fame President David Baker knocked on the doors of LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner and Terrell Davis to welcome them to the Hall Tomlinson, Warner and Davis take an introspective look back at their careers

A live interview with the ‘Cowboys Triplets’ Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin as they reflect on the legacy of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

An in-depth look at how the football life of Jerry Jones intersected with history

Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre shares his memories about the Packers’ rookie quarterback who was cut from the practice squad in 1994, Kurt Warner

A debate on current players who could enter the Hall of Fame now and those that still have work to do

Discussion on the running back who deserves induction next

After the show, a special live edition of NFL Total Access airs recapping the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.

NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated morning show Good Morning Football will air live from Canton, Ohio Thursday, August 3 – Saturday, August 5 at 7 p.m., with Kay Adams, Nate Burleson, Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt.

Fans can watch NFL Network’s Hall of Fame coverage on their smartphone through NFL Mobile from Verizon, as well as other digital platforms through Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (, Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV).

Digitally, VOD content of all eight enshrinements will be available, as well as a collection of the best Hall of Fame speeches from previous years. Additionally, Around the NFL writers will provide written pieces on each enshrinee.

Tomlinson played 11 seasons in the NFL (San Diego Chargers and New York Jets), amassing 13,684 career rushing list – fifth most in NFL history – as well as 145 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns. Tomlinson spent nine of his 11 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2006 after setting the NFL’s single-season rushing touchdown record (28).

A two-time league MVP, Warner played 12 seasons in the NFL (St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals), amassing 32,344 career passing yards and 208 passing touchdowns. In 1999, Warner led the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Davis played eight seasons with the Denver Broncos, amassing 7,607 career rushing yards and 60 rushing touchdowns. A two-time Super Bowl champion with the Broncos, Davis was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1998 after rushing for 2,008 yards.

2017 Pro Football Enshrinement Ceremony – Saturday, August 5 at 7 p.m. Eastern

At 7 p.m., NFL Network provides live coverage of the 2017 Pro Football Enshrinement Ceremony.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 presenters:

Morton Andersen (Sebastian Andersen, Son)
Terrell Davis (Neil Schwartz, Agent & Friend)
Kenny Easley  (Tommy Rhodes, High School Coach)
Jerry Jones (Gene Jones, Wife)
Jason Taylor (Jimmy Johnson, Dolphins Coach)
LaDainian Tomlinson (Lorenzo Neal, Chargers Teammate)
Kurt Warner (Brenda Warner, Wife)

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It’s football season, kids!

Well, preseason football anyway and this weekend will be a celebration of both the past and present. That’s the agenda this weekend in Canton, Ohio, birthplace of the NFL.

First, the past is saluted with the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday at 7 p.m. Eastern on NFL Network and ESPN. History will be at the forefront as the Hall of Fame class of 2015 is inducted, sporting their new gold Hall jackets in front of returning Hall of Famers and thousands of fans.

“This is a wonderfully spectacular tradition, one of the greatest in all of sports,” says Hall of Fame president David Barker. “Nowhere can fans see so many of the greatest heroes of the game in one place at one time. There’s no better way to kick off the NFL season.”

The Hall of Fame class of 2015:

Jerome Bettis – RB; 1993-95 Rams, 1996-2005 Steelers
Tim Brown – WR/KR/PR; 1988-2003 Raiders, 2004 Buccaneers
Charles Haley – DE/LB; 1986-1991, 1999 49ers, 1992-96 Cowboys
Bill Polian – Contributor; 1978-1982 Chiefs, 1984-1992 Bills, 1993-94 NFL, 1995-97 Panthers, 1998-2011 Colts
Junior Seau – LB/ 1990-2002 Chargers, 2003-05 Dolphins, 2006-09 Patriots
Will Shields – G; 1993-2006 Chiefs
Mick Tingelhoff – C; 1962-1978 Vikings
Ron Wolf – Contributor; 1963-1974, 1979-1989 Raiders, 1966 AFL, 1976-78 Buccaneers, 1990-91 Jets, 1991-2001 Packers


Always of interest are the names of the “presenters” of the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees on their special day.

Jerome Bettis selected his brother John Bettis III to represent him.

“My brother has been the biggest Steeler fan in the world since we were kids,” Bettis told the Pittsburgh Gazette, KDKA-TV and USA Today. “All he wanted was for me to play for the Steelers and when that opportunity came there was nobody happier than my brother. He’s been my biggest fan, my biggest supporter my entire career.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015 presenters:

Jerome Bettis – John Bettis III, Brother
Tim Brown – Donald Kelly, Brother
Charles Haley – Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Former 49ers owner
Bill Polian – Marv Levy, HOF coach
Junior Seau – Sydney Seau, Daughter
Will Shields – Adrian Lunsford, Friend
Mick Tingelhoff – Fran Tarkenton, Teammate & HOF QB
Ron Wolf – Eliot Wolf, Son

Then on Sunday night, it’s back to football with the first game of the year (yes, there’s a football game… were you paying attention?) – the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game at 8 p.m. Eastern at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on NBC – when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings meet.

The NFL is launching a year-long celebration of the Super Bowl to commemorate Super Bowl 50, which will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The “On The Fifty” platform is designed to link the past 49 Super Bowls with this year’s game and honor the teams, players, coaches, fans and communities that have been a part of those games. The 2015 NFL schedule will feature several Super Bowl rematches, beginning with Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game featuring Pittsburgh and Minnesota in a Super Bowl IX rematch. The regular-season schedule includes 19 Super Bowl rematches.

Sunday also marks the debut of the NFL’s new rules governing extra-point attempts. The extra point attempt will now be snapped from the 15-yard line, while two point-conversions will remain at the two-yard line. Additionally, the defense will be able to return a blocked kick, interception or fumble for two points.

The NFL/Hall of Fame Game will cap a memorable weekend for Steelers and Vikings fans one night after former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and former Vikings center Mick Tinglehoff are inducted into the Hall.

“It’s a special time I am sure for Jerome,” says Steelers wide receiver John Stallworth, who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2002 class. “For me, when I went in it was seeing all of the things you did, all the workouts, all of the sacrifice when you could have been doing things other guys were doing and you chose to work on your craft. It is recognition that all of that is worthwhile. That means a whole lot.”

The Steelers’ appearance will mark the sixth time the team has played in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game (1963, 1964, 1983, 1998, 2007).

“I’ll take it,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said of the extra work his team will get by preparing for and playing in this year’s NFL/Hall of Fame Game. “Having a fifth preseason game is an advantage if we make it one.”

The Vikings will play in the preseason classic for the fourth time in franchise history (1970, 1982, 1997).

“I think it gives you good work, especially for a young football team,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told the Minneapolis Tribune about playing in the Hall of Fame Game. “It gives us another chance to evaluate our young players. Some of these guys in their first preseason game, when we go to Canton in the Hall of Fame Game, their eyes are probably going to be that big.”

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is anxiously awaiting his return to the field as he prepares for his second season as the starter in Minnesota.

“We’re heading to Canton, Ohio, ready to play our first preseason game, so we’re pretty excited and can’t wait to get back to work,” says Bridgewater.