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Redskins Dominate Hall of Fame Weekend

Pre-Season Kicks Off Tonight with Hall of Fame Game on NBC Following Inductions Ceremony on Saturday


It has been a long stretch since the Pro Bowl back in February. Even for those lucky enough that have the opportunity to watch replayed games on the NFL Network. Once the games get going again – even something as menial as the NFL Pre-Season, there seems to be a little more juice flowing.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game begins the exhibition season each year, and tonight on NBC, the Indianapolis Colts will face off against the Washington Redskins, who have already shined in Canton, Ohio during HOF Weekend. On Saturday, Darrell Green and Art Monk were among the six inducted into the hallowed halls, and the two former Redskin players stole the show. Emmitt Thomas, a former Washington coach and player with Kansas City, Fred Dean, Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman rounded out the rest.

With a considerable amount of Redskin fans in the crowd, Green and Monk brought them to their feet when they walked across the stage. Two huge parts of Washington’s success – one on defense and one on offense – were honored together and will be forever linked and remembered for their yellow blazers now as much as their white jerseys.

Stages and speeches aside, what happens between the white lines is key, and we will see this evening a little of what the offseason has brought these two clubs.

The big headline with the Colts has been their injury situation, topped with Peyton Manning. The perennial Pro Bowl quarterback will miss the game, along with Marvin Harrison, Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney, Michael Coe and Philip Wheeler.

On the ‘home’ sideline, the ‘Skins will make their debut with new head coach Jim Zorn and defensive end Jason Taylor, who was acquired last month from Miami. Zorn may elect to not play the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year until he gets more reps in training camp. Veterans do not see a lot of game action in August, especially this early on the exhibition schedule.

Whomever is out there, ‘Football Night in America’ is back and Sunday just seems a whole lot better all of a sudden.

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