It's the official start of the 2022 NFL preseason as the Las Vegas Raiders take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at the the Pro Hall of Fame Game in August.
This year, watch for the TV broadcast on NBC when the game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET live from the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH on Saturday, August 6, 2022
Meanwhile, the class of 2022 inductees will be honored right next door at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, beginning at noon on Thurday, August 4 with nationwide television coverage on ESPN and the NFL Network.
New England Patriot great Richard Seymour
joins the Football Hall of Fame class of 2022.
Football Hall of Fame Class of '22
The newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are tackle Tony Boselli, wide receiver Cliff Branch, safety LeRoy Butler, official Art McNally, linebacker Sam Mills, defensive end/defensive tackle Richard Seymour, coach Dick Vermeil and defensive tackle/defensive end Bryant Young.
The total list of more than a hundred nominated was reduced to 26 semifinalists in November. That list was again reduced to 15 finalists in January before the selection committee chose the official 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 is the state that leads the pack in Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, with 30 members born in the Keystone state.
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