Cowboys-Steelers Hall of Fall Game called off; enshrinement ceremony postponed

The Professional Football Hall of Fame has canceled the NFL’s preseason-opening activity in between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers and postponed its once-a-year enshrinement ceremony mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cowboys and Steelers, who ended up scheduled to participate in on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio, will in its place participate in in the 2021 Hall of Fame Game, and the enshrinement ceremony — at first slated for Aug. 8 — will be held future yr.

“The overall health and basic safety of our Hall of Famers, lovers and volunteers who make Enshrinement 7 days so specific remains our top rated precedence,” David Baker, president and CEO of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, reported in a assertion. “The Hall will honor the Centennial Course of 2020 future August, alongside with what promises to be an equally spectacular Course of 2021, as aspect of a multi-working day celebration of football with an ambiance that will provide for lovers ‘Twice the Enjoyable in ’21.'”

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The Hall of Fame Game marks the initially function on the NFL calendar canceled mainly because of the pandemic. The league was ready to perform no cost agency, albeit in a various way, as properly as a virtual NFL draft.

The game’s cancellation is expected to affect when the Cowboys and Steelers report to coaching camp. The Cowboys and Steelers ended up preparing to be the initially two groups to report to camp in about a month but now are possible to report with the rest of the league’s groups.

The NFL on Thursday advised its groups to expect an on-time start out for coaching camps. For most groups, that suggests players will report no later on than July 28 to start out preparing for the 2020 period..

Previous NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, NFL Movies co-founder Steve Sabol, former New York Giants govt George Young, former coaches Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher, and former players Troy Polamalu, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Isaac Bruce and Steve Atwater ended up to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this August.

“The delay is clearly disappointing but fully easy to understand,” Tagliabue instructed The Affiliated Press. “It’s usually a good weekend, in particular for football lovers and spouse and children, coaches, colleagues who’ve been vital in our successes. But a large aspect of the weekend is conference, greeting, photographs and signing autographs for the hundreds of lovers. Not a thing that I’d want to do in the coronavirus surroundings.”

The Hall’s centennial celebration in September would have incorporated the inductions of 10 men chosen by a specific panel in January. That class contains Harold Carmichael, Jim Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle.

Shell praised the conclusion to cancel the Hall of Fame activity in a post on Twitter on Thursday.

The Hall of Fame, which opened in 1963, has by no means experienced two enshrinements in a person weekend. It has experienced cancellations of the activity, together with in 2011 mainly because of the league’s lockout of the players. The activity also was canceled in 2016 when the field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium was declared unplayable.