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Kick off to the NFL Preseason: The Hall of Fame Game


Aug 15, 2013

By Naohisa Inoue, Assistant Athletic Trainer – Miami Dolphins

P1000119The Hall of Fame Game is the annual kick-off to the NFL pre-season.   Each year two teams play each in Canton, Ohio at Fawcett Stadium, a 22,000 seat high school football venue unlike any other.  This year’s contest was between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys. Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Miami Dolphins, Naohisa Inoue speaks about his experience.

After reflecting on my trip to Canton, Ohio for the Hall of Fame Game, I can say that I had an unbelievable experience. It was my first ever trip to the Hall of Fame and being a part of the Hall of Fame Game either as a fan or employee of one of the participating franchises. Not only did our staff get the experience of working and watching our team compete  in the game, but also had an opportunity to tour the Hall of Fame. One of the main things that impressed me after the conclusion of our tour was how the NFL was born and how it continues to grow into what it is today. Seeing all of the old Super Bowl rings, trophies and memorabilia was also great. I was especially proud to see there is a specific area dedicated to the Athletic Trainers and PFATS. 

During Pre-Game Warm-up’s,  there were past Hall of Fame Inductees on the field mingling with our current players and it was clear to see how much of an impact just these small conversations they were having with our guys. Once the game kicked off though, it was just like any other game.

During the game itself, I had a few moments to gaze into the stands and noticed a lot of the people didn’t have specific allegiances to the Dolphins or Cowboys; they were just simply football fans and loved the game. Some did have jerseys of the Dolphins and other teams, but everyone ultimately wanted to see an exciting game. One cool tidbit for us that I thought was interesting was finding out how many of our former players had actually played games in Fawcett Stadium while they were in high school.

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While it was a very busy two days and very typical of the routine for road games, it was a great experience and a great honor to be a part of the Hall of Fame Game this year.

For more information regarding the Pro Football Hall of Fame, please visit www.profootballhof.com

 

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