The Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off the NFL’s 2015 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 8 PM ET. The game, to be played in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, will be televised nationally on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
The game caps the 2015 Enshrinement Weekend where eight legends will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Steelers running back, Jerome Bettis and Vikings center, Mick Tingelhoff.
Other members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 include wide receiver/returner Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, contributor Bill Polian, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, and contributor Ron Wolf.
Bettis played 10 of his 13 seasons in the NFL with the Steelers. A six-time Pro Bowl pick, he rushed for 13,662 yards and retired as the game’s fifth ranked ground gainer of all time. He still holds the Steelers mark for most 100-yard games in a career (50).
Tingelhoff joined the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 1962 and quickly established himself as a leader of Minnesota’s offensive line. One of the finest centers of his time, Tingelhoff was noted for his toughness and durability as evidenced by never missing a game during his entire 17-season career.
The Steelers’ appearance in August will mark the sixth time the team has played in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. The Vikings return to Canton for the fourth time.