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Report: Saints volunteer for Hall of Fame game

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It’s never too early to start thinking about the official return of the NFL.  This year, it happens on August 5, in Canton.

Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that the Saints have volunteered to play in the game.  (We’ve actually heard something a little stronger than that, and that the Saints are in.)

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via email that he has no information about that specific issue.

The New Orleans connection is obvious, given that former Saints tackle Willie Roaf will be inducted that weekend.  And with plenty of players likely to leave the team via free agency, the extra practice and non-game game time will help get the Saints ready to come out of the gates with the kind of start that can be parlayed into home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, enabling them to force the road to New Orleans through, well, New Orleans.

The Saints last played in the Hall of Fame game in 2007, against the Steelers.  The other teams having a connection to this year’s class include the Seahawks (Cortez Kennedy), the Steelers (Dermontti Dawson, Jack Butler), the Jets (Curtis Martin), and the Vikings (Chris Doleman).  Of those, the Jets have had the longest HOF drought; they last played in the game in 1992.

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9 Responses to “Report: Saints volunteer for Hall of Fame game”
  1. ascensionparish says: Feb 23, 2012 2:17 PM

    Hall of Fame Game for Saints, AKA Left Guard Tryouts.

  2. nolanorth says: Feb 23, 2012 2:17 PM

    If they leave it’s because we don’t want them.. All the good FA we have want to stay in Nola!

  3. citynative says: Feb 23, 2012 2:41 PM

    If the Saints are granted this, the opposing team should be aware of blitz packages and complex defensive schemes. New Orleans likes to do this in the first preseason game for some reason.

  4. bleed4philly says: Feb 23, 2012 3:00 PM

    Have them play the niners, blitzgate part 2

  5. medtxpack says: Feb 23, 2012 3:08 PM

    trying to erase the tough loss to the Pack in week 1 i bet. good for them, unless they play the Pack again. ha

  6. whodat612 says: Feb 23, 2012 3:13 PM

    It was Greg Williams who called the blitzes and he is no longer with the Saints. If your going to comment about the Saints, you should atleast do some research.

  7. citynative says: Feb 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    @whodat612 says:

    Feb 23, 2012 3:13 PM
    It was Greg Williams who called the blitzes and he is no longer with the Saints. If your going to comment about the Saints, you should atleast do some research.

    – – – – – – – – – –
    Everyone knows Greg Williams went to Saint Louis. Last time I checked a Defensive Coordinator works FOR the Head Coach. I believe the report was your Head Coach had some beef with Harbaugh. I believe Coach Payton is still coaching for the Saints. Therefore my comment still stands. Thanks though.

  8. agc99 says: Feb 23, 2012 7:20 PM

    Put Pittsburgh in the hall of fame game. That will sell tickets.

  9. nowillrepeat says: Feb 23, 2012 11:36 PM

    Saints-Vikings is always a good one.

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