Broncos get Hall of Fame game

Champ Bailey and Clinton Portis will face their former teams as the Denver Broncos will kick off the 2004 NFL preseason schedule by appearing in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Mon., Aug. 9 against the Washington Redskins.

Broncos to Open Preseason with Hall of Fame Game Matchup vs. Washington

March 22, 2004 - The National Football League announced Monday that the Denver Broncos will kick off the 2004 NFL preseason schedule by appearing in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Mon., Aug. 9. Denver will face Washington in the contest, which kicks off at 6 p.m. (MT) and will be televised nationally by ABC. The game concludes a weekend of festivities in Canton centered around the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will feature the induction of John Elway.

Dates and times for Denver&rsquos four other preseason games have not yet been determined, but the NFL announced today the Broncos&rsquo opponents and the locations for those games, each of which will be televised locally by KCNC-TV.

2004 Denver Broncos Preseason Schedule

Monday, Aug. 9 vs. Washington ABC (Hall of Fame Game, Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio)
Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 12-16) at Buffalo KCNC
Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 19-23 at Seattle KCNC
Preseason Week 3 (Aug. 26-30) vs. Houston KCNC
Preseason Week 4 (Sept. 2-5) vs. Arizona KCNC

The Broncos will play a five-game preseason slate for the first time since 1999, and will appear in the Hall of Fame Game for the first time since 1991, when they lost to Detroit 14-3. Denver also faced Detroit in its first Hall of Fame Game appearance, prevailing 10-7 in 1976. The Broncos have played one other preseason game in Canton, though not the official Hall of Fame Game, losing to Miami 19-2 in 1967.

The NFL will release the 2004 regular season schedule later this spring.

Broncos Set for Five-Game Preseason Slate - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, March 22, 2004 - After nearly two months of speculation, the league officially annnounced that the Broncos will open the 2004 preseason against the Washington Redskins in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Monday night, Aug. 9. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. EST, and the game will air nationally on ABC. The trip to Canton is the Broncos' first since 1991, and the Redskins' first since 1989, and will come one day after John Elway's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Both the induction ceremony and the preseason opener will be held at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.

Portis, Bailey will meet ex-teams in preseason - SI.com
Monday March 22, 2004 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Gibbs will become the second coaching inductee to lead a team in the Hall of Fame game when the Washington Redskins play the Denver Broncos on Aug. 9. The Hall of Fame matchup will pit two teams that completed one of the offseason's blockbuster trades. Washington sent Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey to Denver for Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis.


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