There had been some sentiment for the New York Jets to play in this summer’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. After all, running back Curtis Martin will be inducted into the Hall during enshrinement ceremonies the day before the game.
However, other teams have favorite sons being inducted as well, and the NFL saw a different matchup. The league announced today that this year’s game at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium will match the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals. Longtime Saints tackle Willie Roaf will also be inducted, and the Saints appear to enjoy playing in the game. This will be their fifth HOF game and their first since last playing in the first preseason game of the new season in 2007.
There is no set interval between appearances for any given team. The NFL rotates its teams through the Hall of Fame Game schedule so that each of the 32 teams will participate in the game once every 16 years or so.
The Jets last appeared in the game in 1992, when they defeated the Eagles, 41-14. Their only other Hall of Fame Game appearance came in 1977, when they lost to the Bears, 20-6.
Even without the Jets making an appearance in Ohio this year, fans may be interested in attending the weekend to celebrate Martin’s induction. Tickets for the game on Sunday, Aug. 5, priced at $35, $45, $60 and $70, will go on sale March 13. And additional information on both the game and the enshrinement ceremony the day before the game, including Enshrinement Festival fan packages, can be found at profootballhof.com.
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