CANTON, OHIO -- The National Football League announced Wednesday that the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints will kick off the preseason on Sunday, Aug. 5, in the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The game will be televised nationally on NFL Network with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.
The Cardinals, who played the New York Giants to a 21-21 tie in the first-ever Hall of Fame Game in 1962, return to Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium this summer for their fourth visit and the first since 1986. The Cardinals are 1-1-1 in their Hall of Fame Game appearances.
Arizona and New Orleans will take the field one day after the newest class of enshrinees -- Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and long-time New Orleans Saints tackle Willie Roaf -- are formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies held at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 4. Roaf is just the second long-time Saints player to be elected to the Hall of Fame.