The Steelers are going to be playing five preseason games this year. Here’s why they were the obvious choice to play in the Hall of Fame Game in 2020.
After a lot of speculation about who would be the teams to take the field for the first 2020 preseason game in Canton, our suspicions were confirmed. The Pro Football Hall of Fame confirmed Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Steelers will square off against the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 Hall of Fame Game:
Tickets will go on sale this Friday (3/13) at 10am ET. pic.twitter.com/uMSFIPWf3X
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) March 10, 2020
Pittsburgh’s selection to play in this game is hardly a shocker. Prior to the Hall of Fame Game is the Enshrinement Ceremony, and this was a historic year for the franchise.
It also makes sense that they would be matched up against a team like the Cowboys. Though it seems like a bit of a head-scratcher a first – considering these two teams play each other in Dallas in during the 2020 regular season – Cowboy Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson will join Cowher in the Hall of Fame as two of the most dominant coaches from the ’90s (and for Cowher, the 2000s as well).
Though there may not be a notable starter to suit up on either side of the ball, this Hall of Fame game could set viewership records. The Cowboys and Steelers are two of the NFL’s most established franchises, and with Hall of Famers on both sides, fans aren’t going to want to miss this.
With the Steelers playing in five preseason games this year, we can expect them to play their backups a lot, and their training camp dates will likely come a week sooner than they normally do.
For players fighting for roster spots, the Hall of Fame game is terrific news. It will give players like Tuzar Skipper, Deion Cain, and Henry Mondeaux, Paxton Lynch, and Kerrith Whyte ample opportunity to prove their worth to the team – assuming they all make it through minicamp.
As for eager fans, it gives us an opportunity to catch some light football from our team a week earlier than we initially would. The first preseason game is often a letdown, but with Polamalu, Cowher, and Shell entering the Hall of Fame this year, this should be a game to remember.