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Whiz interested in Cards playing Hall game

Posted by Darren Urban on February 24, 2012 – 10:40 am

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he’d be interested in playing in the Hall of Fame game in Canton to kick off the NFL preseason. The game is scheduled for Aug. 5. It’s not something he’d want to do every year, but a fifth preseason game right now wouldn’t be bad, especially when you’re trying to get as much work as possible for quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. (Whiz didn’t say it, but given that there is less on-field work allowed by the CBA this offseason, I’m sure an extra game and a few more days of training camp isn’t bad either.)

Mike Jurecki wrote the other day that he had heard the Cards were asked to play. I have not heard the same, but there figures to be an announcement sooner rather than later (NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail only that the league was working on it.) Alex Marvez reported the Saints have volunteered to play in the game. Last year, the Hall game’s matchup was announced April 12, although the Hall of Fame is hoping to announce this year’s game as early as next week.

Usually, at least one team in the Hall game has a player being inducted. Former Saints tackle Willie Roaf is part of the 2012 Hall of Fame class. (It’s too bad former Cards cornerback Aeneas Williams didn’t get in this year.)

UPDATE: The Cards are the NFL team with the longest absence from playing in the game, last playing in 1986.


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19 Responses to “Whiz interested in Cards playing Hall game”

  1. By Phoenixraven1 on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    Williams got robbed!

  2. By bobf on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    If nothing else, I would at least put them somewhat back on the radar.

  3. By TUCSTEVE on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    what exactly is the hall of fame game?

  4. By D on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    Another free agent to watch for Card fans….

    Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that the wide receiver turned down a five-year contract offer from the Colts recently, raising the likelihood that he will hit the open market on March 13th. Garcon had a career-high 70 catches and 947 yards last season, his fourth in the NFL

  5. By Darren Urban on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    Tucsteve –

    RE: Hall of Fame game

    It’s the first preseason game of the season, played on Hall of Fame induction weekend in Canton, Ohio. The week before the preseason schedule begins in earnest.

  6. By Peter in Canada on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    Phoenixraven1 –

    How right you are. He was definitely the best CB in the league for part of his career and arguably for almost all his career. How many of the other inductees can make the same claim?

  7. By AndyStandsUp on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    Well, that would ruin one of Flagstaff’s best commerce days with the Red-White scrimmage.
    And isn’t it tradtionally an AFC-NFC matchup?

  8. By Darren Urban on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands –

    RE: AFC-NFC

    No. Last year’s game was supposed to be Bears-Rams, and 2009 was Bills-Titans.

  9. By Ignaco Gonzales on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    That would be awesome as a Cardinal fan, let the Nation and the World see the Cardinals in National TV. Lets get it done ARIZONA………

  10. By AndyStandsUp on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    “Tradition”.
    Behavior or custom usually performed.
    Do teams get paid for the exhibition? At least for travel?
    And what’s the going cost for a HOF Grimm hot dog at the concession stand?

  11. By azfancolo on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    It would be nice to see them play in the hall of fame game and really so who can be our starters. Hey D that would be nice if they would pursue Garcon.

  12. By D on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Cards will have to go to the Pro days for Stanford and hope Martin is still there at 13 (food poisoning in phx made him not do drills-hopefully he would be okay with the food in Tempe)

    Adams only had 19 reps at 225lbs, you would think at ohio state they would have a good strength program, I guess with the off the field issues with him he may not have been that dedicated to the game..)

  13. By cards62 on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hall of Fame game would be great for us this year.
    .We fans in the east see our team at a decent hour, and our young QBs, WRs, RBs, and TE Housler could get some more work along with our OL and improved defense.

    I hope this happens.

    Hey D This has been the knock or big question on Adams for 4 years at OSU.
    His talent has always been off the charts, but his dedication always brings
    questions. My opinion only, but for me too risky with our first round pick.

    Go Cards

  14. By john in STL on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Did Neil Lomax play in that game?

  15. By Mike Ellingboe on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    @D,

    While I agree with your skepticism about Adams, and his sudden rise up the charts I wouldn’t get too worked up over his bench press result. Tony Boselli didn’t do much better with 23 reps. Not sure which is more overrated, the bench or the 40 yard dash. If anything, an aspiring LT with an impressive bench result would be a red flag because they usually do poorly due to the length of their arms.

  16. By phxcards on Feb 27, 2012 | Reply

    Didn’t the cards play the Steelers in the first preseason game in ’09?

  17. By Darren Urban on Feb 27, 2012 | Reply

    Phxcards-

    RE: Cards-Steelers

    That was after the Hall of Fame game.

  18. By William Lutz on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    It would be great to see the Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game. I would definitely make the trip to Canton to watch them.

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