Hall of Fame Duel: Cowboys vs. Dolphins


The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins will kick off the 2013 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. Tickets to the 2013 edition of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio are on sale now. The nationally televised NFL preseason classic is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. EDT kickoff at Fawcett Stadium on Sunday, August 4th and will be broadcast by NBC.

The Cowboys return to Canton for the fifth time. Dallas holds a 1-3 record in the Hall of Fame series. Their last appearance came in 2010 with a 16-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. That game was preceded by an overtime loss, the only sudden death occurrence in Hall of Fame Game history, to the Cleveland Browns in 1999. Dallas’ two other appearances were against the Oakland Raiders in 1979 and the Chicago Bears in 1968.

This year’s contest marks the Dolphins’ fourth journey to Canton. Miami is 0-3 in previous visits. Miami suffered losses in the Hall of Fame Game to the Bears in 2005, St. Louis Rams in 2001, and the Philadelphia Eagles in 1978.

The game will be played just one day after the newest class of enshrinees is formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 3. Three of the seven members of the Class of 2013 have ties to the participating teams.

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Guard Larry Allen is the 14th longtime member of the Cowboys franchise to earn election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He starred for the team from 1994 to 2005 during which time he was named All-Pro seven times. Bill Parcells finished his Hall of Fame coaching career with four seasons in Dallas from 2003-06. He also spent time in the Dolphins front office after his coaching career as the club’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations from 2007-2010. Wide receiver Cris Carter closed out his playing career with the Dolphins in 2002.

Joining Allen, Carter, and Parcells in the Class of 2013 are defensive tackles Curley Culp and Warren Sapp, tackle Jonathan Ogden, and linebacker Dave Robinson.

The demand for tickets for this year’s NFL/Hall of Fame Game is expected to be substantially higher than previous years. This year’s game will serve not only as the culminating event of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, but as an exclamation point for the Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary Golden Reunion Celebration. More than 120 previously elected members of the Hall of Fame are expected to be in Canton to celebrate the Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary. It will be the largest gathering of Hall of Famers in one place at the same time.

In addition to recognizing the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 during the game, plans are being formulated to also recognize many of the returning Hall of Fame members.

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Recent Comments
  • tomw - June 15 2013 09:09 AM

    I wish to be at the 50th annv hall of fame,Hope Roger S. is there,great hall of famer and QB. COWBOYS fan since their first game. tw.


  • Redmond - April 11 2013 09:09 PM

    Any NFL game at a historical site should bring more importance than the teams participating.

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  • Redmond - April 11 2013 09:08 PM

    Any NFL game at a historical site should bring more importance than the teams participating.

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  • mike smith - April 05 2013 06:59 AM

    look i understand the history &nostalgia of the hall of fame.but as far as a game itself goes,it usually aint much of a game.it's the first preseason game of the year,so need i say more?does'nt really matter what teams are there.no starters/studs are likely to see any playing time,&that leaves a lot of rookies& has-beens trying to earn a spot=SLOPFEST!


  • The Pro Football Hall of Fame - March 19 2013 10:54 AM

    The Cowboys are the "home" team for this year's game.


  • Dee Manning - March 19 2013 10:38 AM

    The game is sold out every year no matter who is playing. The issue is TELEVISION RATINGS, which is what it's all about. I've been a ticket holder since 1978, and I live no where near Ohio. I'm with you; I miss the days when the game was rotated among ALL teams, and the AFC and NFC always played one another. But then again, I miss the days when players actually gave autographs when they had to walk from the school over to the stadium. Unfortunately, while Canton maintains much of its smaller town quaintness, the hall has been overrun by the business of the NFL.


  • Gut - March 19 2013 09:31 AM

    Does anyone know which team will be the "Home team"? As a Cowboys season ticket holder, I'm hoping to only pay for one Home preseason game. Thanks.


  • Steve - March 19 2013 09:28 AM

    I love the choice. As a Miami fan living in WV I only get to see when they play at Pittsburg, Cincy, Cleveland, Indy and they normally always sell out, or the tickets are way over priced. Love it..

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  • Zawisza - March 19 2013 09:25 AM

    I'm with Clint. Cowboys were just here a few years ago. There's 32 teams in the NFL, should be pretty easy to rotate through so the fine folks of Canton stand a chance to eventually see all the teams. At the very least, give teams 5-10 years between appearances or bring in teams relevant to the inductees. Or, better yet, celebrate the history like the Bills-Titans game from a few years back celebrated the 50th anniversary of the AFL. This is 50th year of the HoF, why not bring in the Packers and Chiefs (who both have inductees in this class) in a rematch of the First World Championship?

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  • Clint Scroggs - March 19 2013 08:26 AM

    I realize certain teams are not big draws, but is it necessary to have a game between teams who will be making their combined sixth appearance in 14 years? I have nothing against this year's teams, but the Vikings, Bucs, Ravens, Chiefs, Packers, Giants, Patriots, Jets, etc. also have enshrinees this year. Why not just do it like Thanksgiving, and have the Cowboys play a different team in the HOF game every year? Very disappointing. Neither the Vikings nor Bucs have been in the game since '98, Patriots since '00, Giants since '02, etc. Who will the Steelers be playing in next year's game?


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