The NFL today announced the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers will travel to Canton, Ohio in August to kick off the National Football League’s 2016 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. The preseason classic is set for Sunday, Aug. 7 at 8 PM ET in Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Colts and Packers will close out the 2016 Enshrinement Weekend one day after three of their famed legends are formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison will join former Packers quarterback Brett Favre among the eight-man class that was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. Other members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 include owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., linebacker Kevin Greene, tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel.
Dungy will become the 23rd coach in the Hall of Fame and the third former Colts head coach to earn the honor joining Weeb Ewbank (inducted in 1978) and Don Shula (inducted in 1997). Dungy compiled a .668 regular season winning percentage (139-69) and a .652 overall mark (148-79) as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts (2002-08) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001). He is the winningest coach in Colts history and his 85-27 (.759) record from 2002-08 ranked second in the NFL during that span. Dungy was the first coach to beat all 32 NFL teams and is one of three people to win a Super Bowl as a player and a head coach. He led the Colts to their second Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XLI and became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. Dungy had 10 seasons with 10-plus wins (seven with Indianapolis, three with Tampa Bay). He took 11 of his 13 teams to the playoffs and made 10 straight playoff appearances from 1999-2008 to best Tom Landry’s nine (1975-83) as the most by a coach since 1970. Dungy also won six division titles (five AFC South, one NFC Central) and was the second Colts head coach inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 2010.
Harrison is only the second Colts wide receiver to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining Raymond Berry, who was inducted in 1973. The Colts drafted Harrison in the first round (19th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. Harrison played all 13 of his NFL seasons (1996-2008) with Indianapolis and finished his career as one of the most prolific receivers to ever play the game. He started 188-of-190 games and totaled 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. Harrison ranks in the top 10 all-time in league history in receptions (third), receiving touchdowns (fifth) and receiving yards (seventh). His 90 games with a touchdown reception are a franchise record and his 29 games with multiple-touchdown receptions ranks tied for the fourth-most in NFL history. Harrison’s 128 total touchdowns ranks as the ninth-most in league annals. His 778 career points ranks fourth in Colts history and first among non-kickers. He had receptions in his first 190 career games to set the NFL record for the most consecutive games with a catch to start a career. Harrison’s 5.8 receptions per game average ranks second all-time, while his 76.7 receiving yards per game average ranks third. His 59 100-yard receiving games are the third most in league history. Harrison is the Colts franchise career leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and 100-yard receiving games. He played on six division title-winning teams and was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI victory. Harrison was the fourth player inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2011 and owns 28 Colts career records.
The Colts and Packers will each make their fifth appearance in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.
Colts in HOF Game (2-2-0)
- 1964 – vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (W, 48-17)
- 1982 – vs. Minnesota Vikings (L, 14-30)
- 1996 – vs. New Orleans Saints (W, 10-3)
- 2008 – vs. Washington Redskins (L, 16-30)
Packers in HOF Game (1-2-1)
- 1969 – vs. Atlanta Falcons (W, 38-24)
- 1980 – vs. San Diego Chargers (T, 0-0)*
- 1993 – vs. Los Angeles Raiders (L, 3-19)
- 2003 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs (L, 0-9)*
*Games ended early due to lightning and heavy rain.
HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT WEEKEND
The Class of 2016 – DeBartolo, Jr., Dungy, Favre, Greene, Harrison, Pace, Stabler and Stanfel – will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. The Enshrinement Ceremony takes place at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN.
Three major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 7, are the nationally televised Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner (Thursday, August 4) on NFL Network, the Concert for Legends, this year featuring Tim McGraw (Friday, August 5) and the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable (Sunday, August 7). It is at the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner where members of the Class of 2016 will be presented his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket. At the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, the Class of 2016 will be featured center stage as they share memories of the game and their personal feelings about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
More than 100 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each year to be a part of the Enshrinement Ceremony celebration. Nowhere else are fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one time as in Canton during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.
The Concert for Legends, Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game will be held inside the brand new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The venue’s new north stands and fan plaza will be completed in time for the 2016 Enshrinement Week. The second phase of the stadium’s reconstruction will be completed in 2017. Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a world-class sports and entertainment complex, is one component of the $476 million Hall of Fame Village project that began in September 2015.