The NFL like all top 500 corporations are schedule driven.  On Monday, the NFL released its preseason opener for August 9th in Canton, Ohio.  The  Steelers vs. Vikings will  kick off the season in the Tom Benson Stadium in front of a nationally televised audience via NFL Network and ESPN, also broadcast on Westwood One Radio.


I have personally attended 5 Hall of Fame games, four scouting upcoming opponents,  I also had the honor of watching my friend LB Andre Tippett be inducted.  The atmosphere is different, when comparing to the Super Bowl or even a regular season game.  If attending you wont forget the week long events and the game itself.  Its played in a High School stadium, with a small home town feel on a huge stage.


2015 Pro Football HOF will enshrine:RB Jerome Bettis, C Mick Tingelhoff, WR Tim Brown, DE Charles Haley, my mentor Bill Polian as a contributor, the late San Diego Charger LB Junior Seau, OG Will Shields and contributor Ron Wolf.   The enshrinement ceremony is guaranteed to have outrageous speeches, memorable moments and a few tears shed as well.


The NIC/NFL Combine is here and starts on February 20th.  The Draft is the NFL’s off season extravaganza and is only a few months away.  Next is the start of training camp, 2015 NFL season is just around the corner.


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