Hall of Fame weekend is special for a variety of reasons. On the surface, the Saturday of Hall of Fame weekend is the day to welcome in a new class of legends into the exclusive club of NFL royalty. It is the time for men who have worked so hard and impacted the game so much to get their due diligence in front of their family, friends and fans.
This year’s Hall of Fame class of the NFL was inducted on August 3rd. There were a total of seven men inducted into the prestigious fraternity, but the jewels of the class were receiver Cris Carter, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and Coach Bill Parcells. All seven men contributed so much to the game of football, and they took their rightful places amongst the greatest of all time on this special evening.
While Hall of Fame weekend is about bringing in the new class of legends, this weekend is also big for another reason. Hall of Fame weekend, which occurs during the first weekend of August, signals the beginning of the new NFL season. For the next six months, there won’t be a weekend that doesn’t feature an NFL game. And for fans across the country, that is a reason to celebrate annually around this time of the year.
With the Hall of Fame game coming the day after the induction ceremony, football is ready to ramp back up and occupy the lives of millions of people. This year, the first official game of the 2013-2014 season will pit the Dallas Cowboys against the Miami Dolphins. Even if you aren’t a fan of either of those teams, just seeing NFL action on your television screen will be enough to make you want to rejoice. And don’t worry too much, because in the next week, your favorite team will be taking the field too.
So for football fans across the country, the wait is over. America’s new favorite pastime is officially back!