The Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys will kick off the 2010 NFL preseason August 6 in Canton, Ohio in the annual Hall of Fame Game.
Both franchises are celebrating inductions that take place the day before at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Bengals head coach and long-time assistant Dick LeBeau takes his spot 32 years after he became eligible. Meanwhile, 41-year-old Emmitt Smith, the former Cowboys running back and NFL’s all-time leading rusher, celebrates his first-ballot election.
For the first time in 28 years, the game at Fawcett Stadium lines up division champions. The Bengals won the AFC North last season at 10-6 and Dallas won the NFC East at 11-5 in what will be the first-ever preseason game between the clubs.
Playing in the Hall of Fame Game means both clubs will play five preseason games. They will also be able to open camps a few days earlier than the rest of the league.