NFL Hall of Fame Game Cancelled Due to Safety Concerns


Most of the players in the contest won't make the final roster of either team.

A similar concern came up before last year's HoF game because the turf "wasn't great" and a key player was badly hurt.

Hall of Fame president David Baker did say that fans would be refunded their money.

"We're really disappointed", a Packers fan said. Adam Schefter tweeted less than two hours before the planned 8 p.m. kickoff saying that the paint on the center of the field and both end zones had "congealed" and the game would have been like "playing on tar". "I can tell you - I had a son who played in this league - if it had happened with him on the field, I would've wanted somebody to make the same decision".

"The turf at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton has been criticized in the past, with former Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham suffering what would be a career-ending ACL injury in last year's Hall of Fame game".

"This is a hard decision, but we know it is the right decision", Baker said.

"In some respects it's a hard decision because of the impacts it has, but it's an easy ethical decision", he said on ESPN.

That transition alone should have heightened the NFL's sensitivities in the days leading up to Sunday night's game.

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The field was used for a Tim McGraw concert on Friday and for the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday night. "But.as owners, we'll have to get it right so it never happens again". "They traveled from Green Bay and all across the country, spent all kinds of money buying tickets and, yes, they had some really great events - not taking away anything because last night was spectacular and, from a Packers' standpoint, nearly unparalleled as far as impact for our organization".

During a TV interview on Sunday night, Colts owner Jim Irsay vowed to get answers about who was responsible for the troublesome paint job on the field.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams said the field wasn't good a year ago for the Hall of Fame game, and criticized the National Football League for it.

Baker said the Hall's class of 2016 would be introduced to the crowd, and the halftime show featuring Lee Greenwood would be held.

Reasonable minds can agree that canceling the exhibition game was the correct call.

I've covered four Hall of Fame games and only once, has it been a completed, four quarter affair. "Once we get past Cleveland, we'll be more into an in-season schedule". They were looking at a sunny field expecting football to be played.

OBITUARY: Art Demmas, a longtime National Football League official who worked four Super Bowls, died Saturday in Nashville.