The Dallas Cowboys were lobbying to play in the 2013 Hall of Fame game to kick off the preseason and the NFL has granted their wish. In an announcement from the Dolphins on Tuesday, with tickets going on sale in a few hours.
The game will be held August 4 in Canton, Ohio.
Dallas has connections to two members of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class — Larry Allen and Bill Parcells.
Parcells coached the Cowboys before leaving to run the Dolphins organization, so the connection is there for both teams. With Allen, he was a big part of the Cowboys offensive line for more than a decade including being part of the ride for the team’s Super Bowl XXX win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cowboys haven’t been the same since that season.
While the connection to the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees is nice, Dallas really wanted to be a part of the game so that they could have a fifth preseason game and have some extra work on their new defense.
Monte Kiffin is having the Cowboys switch to a 4-3 and they will need the extra work and time to evaluate their talent.
It’s a big win for the Cowboys and, while many teams don’t like playing four preseason games, every rep in August will be key for the Cowboys success moving forward this season.