Gibbs On HOF Game: 'It'll Be Special'

03/23/2004


Joe Gibbs said Tuesday that participating in the 2004 Hall of Fame Game will be a “great experience,” not only for himself but also the entire team.

The Redskins will play the Denver Broncos in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Monday, Aug. 9 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The preseason game will be broadcast to a national audience on ABC.

It will be the first time Gibbs returns to the coaching sidelines for a NFL game after departing the league in 1993.

Gibbs, of course, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996 after leading the Redskins to three Super Bowl championships in the 1982, 1987 and 1991 seasons.

“I think back to the Hall of Fame—it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had,” he said. “It was a great weekend and being a part of that was a thrill. Going back, getting to coach in the Hall of Fame Game, it’ll be special.”

During his first tenure with the club, Gibbs often said he wasn't fond of playing preseason games. That outlook has changed—somewhat.

"Preseason will mean a lot to us," Gibbs said. "I know a lot of people say nothing means less than preseason—and I go along with that to a certain extent. But for us preseason will be extra special because I'll be going for the first time with our players."

The Redskins will play five preseason games in 2004. After the Hall of Fame Game, the team hosts Carolina at FedExField (Aug. 12-16, date/time to be determined), then travel to Miami (Aug. 19-23, date/time to be determined). The Redskins will head to St. Louis to play the Rams on Aug. 27 at 8 p.m., then return to FedExField for a game against the Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 2-5, date/time to be determined).

In addition to the Redskins-Broncos game, the Hall of Fame will enshrine Bob Brown, Carl Eller, John Elway, and Barry Sanders that weekend.

The ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 8, a day before the Redskins-Broncos game. As is customary, the four new inductees are expected to be in attendance at the Hall of Fame Game.

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