The NFL’s Hall of Fame Game is supposed to be annual, but in the past decade, the event has only been held seven times. In 2011, it was cancelled due to the NFL lockout. In 2016, the game was called off because of poor field conditions — “congealing and rubberized” field paint to be exact.
And last year, the NFL canceled its entire preseason because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That included the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and induction ceremony.
Now, the league will return to Canton, Ohio and Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium to watch two of its storied franchises battle in a preseason matchup. The Steelers will take on the Cowboys as each team makes its seventh appearance in the Hall of Fame Game.
We’re not likely to see either team play its starters long, if at all. Dak Prescott will be out for the Cowboys as he nurses a shoulder injury and Ben Roethlisberger probably won’t play much. Nonetheless, NFL fans will savor this moment as an opportunity to do something they haven’t done since the Super Bowl ended in early February — watch some live football.
Sporting News has you covered with how to watch the Steelers and Cowboys face off in the unofficial start to the 2021 NFL season.
What channel is Steelers vs. Cowboys on today?
The Hall of Fame Game will be broadcast on Fox in 2021. The game had previously been broadcast on NBC, but Fox now owns the rights to it. That means we should see Fox’s top team of Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color commentary) and Erin Andrews (sideline) on the call; however, Buck was named to the Hall of Fame as the 2020 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award recipient, so that could have an impact on the broadcast team.
Streamers will be able to watch the game via Fox Sports Live, the Fox Sports app or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial.
NFL Hall of Fame Game start time
- Date: Thursday, Aug. 5
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
The 2021 Hall of Fame Game between the Cowboys and Steelers will kick off at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which is located next to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The stadium is named after legendary former Saints owner, Tom Benson.
TV schedule for Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week
The 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will be one for the ages. In addition to the 2021 Hall of Fame class, the NFL will swear in its 2020 centennial class after the event was postponed last year due to the COVID pandemic.
The 2020 class includes the following players, coaches and contributors: Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Harold Carmichael, Jimbo Covert, Bill Cowher, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, Jimmy Johnson, Alex Karras, Troy Polamalu, Steve Sabol, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie, Ed Sprinkle, Paul Tagliabue and George Young.
Meanwhile, the 2021 class will feature Alan Faneca, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Peyton Manning, Bill Nunn, Drew Pearson and Charles Woodson.
Here is the full TV schedule for the weekend events.
|Hall of Fame Game||Thursday, Aug. 5||8 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony||Saturday, Aug. 7||6:30 p.m.||NFL Network, fuboTV|
|2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony||Sunday, Aug. 8||7 p.m.||NFL Network, fuboTV|
Steelers preseason schedule 2021
Both the Steelers and the Cowboys will be playing four preseason games this season because of their participation in the Hall of Fame Game. Every other NFL team is scheduled to play three games after the league contracted its preseason schedule from four games to three.
|August 5||Cowboys||8 p.m.|
|August 12||at Eagles||7:30 p.m.|
|August 21||vs. Lions||7:30 p.m.|
|August 27||at Panthers||7:30 p.m.|
Cowboys preseason schedule 2021
|August 5||Steelers||8 p.m.|
|August 13||at Cardinals||10 p.m.|
|August 21||vs. Texans||8 p.m.|
|August 29||vs. Jaguars||1 p.m.|