The NFL season has been over for less than 10 days, and fans of 31 teams are already looking forward to the next one.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that the Minnesota Vikings will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the annual Hall of Fame Game to kick off the 2015 NFL preseason.
The NFL typically puts teams in the Hall of Fame Game that have players entering the Hall of Fame that weekend. This year former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis (the NFL’s No. 6 all-time leading rusher) and former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff (7-time All-Pro selection with 240 starts) will answer the call and enter the Hall.
The game will be played at Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, named for the New Orleans Saints owner who has donated millions to the Hall of Fame.
Ironically, the Steelers and Vikings will likely be without several future Hall of Famers that played for them this past year. Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau parted ways with the Steelers to join the Tennessee Titans staff, and Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh’s starting safety for the last ten years, is also expected to depart. The Vikings will in all likelihood be without RB Adrian Peterson, who is expected to be let go after the NFL deals with his punishment for conduct violations stemming from his child abuse case.
By playing in the Hall of Fame Game, the Vikings and Steelers will each play in five pre-season games, as opposed to the usual four. The rest of the preseason and regular season schedule will be released in the Spring.