Just weeks after learning former Cardinals' quarterback Kurt Warner would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Arizona learned it had another reason to travel to Canton, Ohio this summer.
On Thursday, the Cardinals announced they will compete in the 2017 Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, August 3 at 5 p.m. MST at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Cardinals' 2017 appearance in the Hall of Fame Game marks the organization's fifth opportunity to compete in Canton, and its first since 2012. Arizona participated in the first-ever Hall of Fame Game back in 1962, when the Cardinals tied the New York Giants 21-21.
Both the Cardinals and the Cowboys have a key member of their organization being inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, as Warner is joined in the seven-man class by Dallas owner Jerry Jones. Warner, Jones and the five other members of the 2017 class will be inducted in the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, August 5.
Warner is the 13th member of the Cardinals' organization to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the first since Aeneas Williams who was inducted in 2014.
The Cardinals and the Cowboys are set to be the first teams to play in Canton since 2015, after last year's Hall of Fame game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts was cancelled due to poor field conditions. After last year's cancellation, NFL.com reported that the turf on Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium would be replaced prior to this year's contest.