Today’s Cowboys vs Steelers live stream will be a celebration of the NFL’s history as the league welcomes back the annual Hall of Fame game. Last year’s game as well as enshrinement ceremony were postponed due to the pandemic and the entire preseason schedule was canceled.
This year the league is making up for lost time by combining two Hall of Fame classes into one and this NFL live stream will only mark the beginning of an action packed weekend.
Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO David Baker is calling this weekend, “the greatest gathering in football” for a very good reason. The celebrations start with Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game and end with a total of 28 members being added to the Pro Football Hall of Fame by Sunday’s enshrinement ceremony. That’s more than three times the size of an average class.
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Both the Steelers’ and Cowboys’ head coaches said they are thrilled to be a part of this week’s events. “We’re excited about this game,” Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin told the media Tuesday, “It’s very important to this organization with five members being inducted.” “It’s the shrine of Pro Football,” said Dallas’ coach Mike McCarthy of Canton, Ohio, “the grass smells a little different there. It’s such a cool experience.”
As forthcoming as he was about his excitement for the game, McCarthy was less than thrilled to offer much information as to playing time for starters. The Cowboys’ head coach did say during his press conference Tuesday that playing franchise quarterback Dak Prescott was “not part of the plan.” And now we’ve learned that Prescott is one of 16 Cowboys players who won’t be making the trip to Canton, OH.
The 28-year-old Prescott is coming off a severe ankle injury that ended his season in week five last year. He’s also battling a shoulder strain suffered in training camp. Second string quarterback Garett Gilbert is expected to start for Dallas Thursday night in Canton.
Mike Tomlin let people see behind the curtain a little more than McCarthy saying, “select veterans won’t participate [Thursday night] like Ben [Roethlisberger], Cam [Hayward] and Joe Haden” probably won’t play. Tomlin also said what he wants to see from rookie running back Najee Harris when he was asked how he plans to juggle the 24th overall pick’s snaps with other running backs, “Nothing to juggle. He’s a rookie. He needs the process of game preparation then ultimately to play. We’ve got four opportunities for him to do that.”
Members of the Steelers’ organization being enshrined include Donnie Shell, Troy Polamalu and Super Bowl winning coach Bill Cowher. As for the Cowboys Cliff Harris, Drew Pearson and two-time Super Bowl winning coach Jimmy Johnson are among those being enshrined this weekend.