While the National Football League is looking to have a complete season with the players reporting to camp at the end of July. But not everything is going as planned.
On June 25, the NFL announced the cancellation of the annual Hall of Fame game scheduled for August. The 2020 NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony has also been put off until 2021.
The game was originally scheduled for August 6 between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers at the stadium in Canton, Ohio. The game has been rescheduled for August 5, 2021 with the Cowboys and Steelers playing.
Twenty new inductees were set to be enshrined into The Hall, but will have to wait until August 7, 2021 to unveil their new bust and don the yellow jacket. The 2021 class will be enshrined on August 8, 2021.
The 2020 class of Hall of Fame members are:
former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue
NFL Films co-founder Steve Sabol
former New York Giants executive George Young
Super Bowl winning coach of the Dallas Cowboys Jimmy Johnson
Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bob Cowher
and Steve Atwater
Celebrating 100 years of the Hall of Fame, 10 more new inductees were to be inducted:
and Ed Sprinkle
Hall of Fame CEO David Baker spoke on the decision saying, “this is the right decision for several reasons, first and foremost the health and welfare of our Gold Jackets, incoming centennial class of 2020 members, hall personnel and event volunteers. We also must consider the most appropriate way to fulfill the first tenet of our mission: To honor the heroes of the game. This decision meets that duty.”
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue also spoke on the delay saying, “the delay is obviously disappointing but completely understandable. It’s always a great weekend especially for football fans and family, coaches, colleagues who’ve been critical in our successes. But a big part of the weekend is meeting, greeting, photos and signing autographs for the thousands of fans. Not something that I’d want to do in the coronavirus environment.”
The NFL owners are meeting to decide whether the preseason should be the normal four games or reduced to just two per team. Teams that play in the annual Hall of Fame game play an extra game.