The NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game signifies the start of the preseason, and also means that two unlucky teams have to play five preseason games instead of four. In recent seasons, the matchup has featured at least one team with a former player/franchise figure inducted into the HOF for that particular season. On Thursday, the NFL
sentenced selected the Arizona Cardinals (inductee: Kurt Warner) and Dallas Cowboys (inductee: Jerry Jones) to play on Thursday, August 3rd in Canton, Ohio.
One person who’s not happy with this decision is longtime Seahawks rival and future hall-of-fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Worst news ever! 5 pre season games & an extra week of training camp. Smh...— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) February 23, 2017
At least we can go to the @WGC_Bridgestone. Lol
It’s okay, Larry. Chances are good that you’ll end up not even playing in the game anyway, although Arizona’s Twitter account promoted the HOF matchup by putting him on the poster.
For anyone curious, the last time the Seahawks had to play five preseason games was 1998, with Seattle’s extra game coming against the San Francisco 49ers in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Their last Hall of Fame appearance was in 1997, a 28-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The full NFL preseason schedule is expected to be announced in early April.