The Minnesota Vikings will get an early start on their preseason this year, playing in the Hall of Fame Game on at 7 p.m. Central on Aug. 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The game will take place in Canton, Ohio, one day after former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff and former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2015 class of inductees that also includes WR Tim Brown, DE Charles Haley, LB Junior Seau, G Will Shields and general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf. The game will be broadcast on NBC and on radio by Westwood One Sports.
“This is a tremendous honor for our organization to be featured in the Hall of Fame Game,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “It will give our players and coaches an extra week to prepare for the regular season and an additional opportunity for us to evaluate our roster. Pairing the game with Mick going into the Hall of Fame, it will be a special weekend for the Minnesota Vikings and our fans.”
The Vikings have played in the Hall of Fame Game three times previously: a 14-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints in 1970; a 30-14 win over the Baltimore Colts (1982); and a 28-26 win over the Seattle Seahawks (1997).
The Steelers are 3-2 in their five Hall of Fame Game appearances. It will be the 13th time the two teams have faced each other in the preseason, as well as playing each other 16 times in the regular season.
Of course, the most famous matchup between them came in Super Bowl IX, when Terry Bradshaw quarterbacked the Steelers to a 16-6 win over the Vikings. The Steelers had 12 Hall of Fame players on that team, and Tingelhoff’s induction in August will give the Vikings seven players from that Super Bowl team that are in the Hall of Fame – DE Carl Eller, S Paul Krause, DT Alan Page, QB Fran Tarkenton, Tingelhoff, T Ron Yary and coach Bud Grant.
Tickets for the Aug. 9 game start at $35 and can be purchased at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets
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