It's the official start of the 2022 NFL preseason as two top NFL teams square off at the Pro Hall of Fame Game.
Meanwhile, keep it here for the official announcement of the official TV broadcast as the game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET live from the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 4, 2022.
Meanwhile, watch for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony during "NFL Honors", which airs live on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
26 semifinalists (see below) have been selected so far among more than 100 nominees for possible enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with the ultimate 15 finalists chosen in January 2022.
Wide receiver Steve Smith is a first-year
eligible player nominated for induction in 2022.
2022 Football Hall of Fame contenders
Cornerback Eric Allen;
Defensive end Jared Allen;
Offensive tackle Willie Anderson;
Cornerback/safety Ronde Barber;
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin;
Offensive tackle Tony Boselli;
Safety LeRoy Butler;
Running back Eddie George;
Wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester;
Wide receiver Torry Holt;
Wide receiver Andre Johnson;
Defensive end Robert Mathis;
Linebacker Sam Mills;
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour;
Wide receiver Steve Smith;
Wide receiver/special teams Steve Tasker;
Running back Fred Taylor;
Linebacker Zach Thomas;
Wide receiver Hines Ward;
Linebacker DeMarcus Ware;
Running back Ricky Watters;
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne;
Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork;
Linebacker Patrick Willis;
Safety Darren Woodson; and
Defensive tackle Bryant Young
The total list of more than a hundred nominated was reduced to 26 semifinalists in November. That list will again be reduced to 15 finalists in January before the selection committee chooses the class of 2022 for enshrinement in August.
To be considered for Pro Football Hall of Fame election, a nominated player or coach must have been retired at least five years. This year's class will increase to well more than 300 the players and coaches who are now permanently honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
DID YOU KNOW? Hall of Fame fun facts
• What's in a name? The more colorfully-named Hall of Fame inductees have included Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch, Frank (Bruiser) Kinard, Dick (Night Train) Lane, Clyde (Bulldog) Turner, Alphonse (Tuffy) Leemans, and "Mean" Joe Greene.
Class of '87: Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, Joe Namath, Roger Staubach.
• "Mean" Joe Greene was inducted in 1987, but remains even more famous for starring in a Coke commercial entitled "Hey, Kid Catch!" which aired during the 1979 Super Bowl.
• One of the most illustrious Hall of Fame classes was inducted in 1985. It included Joe Namath, Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, and Roger Staubach.
• Cal Hubbard is currently the only person in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (as a player) and the Baseball Hall of Fame (as an umpire).
• Pennsylvania leads the pack in inductees, with 30 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame born in the Keystone state.
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