The Dallas Cowboys got their wish and will play in the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game on August 4 in Canton, Ohio, against the Miami Dolphins.
Cowboys guard Larry Allen is being inducted this year along with former coach Bill Parcells clearing the way for a Cowboys-themed weekend. Allen played for the Cowboys from 1994-2005. Parcells coached the team from 2003-2006.
The Cowboys last played in the Hall of Fame Game in 2010 when Emmitt Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will present Allen, a first-ballot selection in this year’s class. Jones was also Smith’s presenter.
Being in the game means the Cowboys will play five preseason games and will this have an earlier start to training camp. The Cowboys plan to report to camp in Oxnard, Calif. July 19 with first practice set for July 21.
Jones and coach Jason Garrett also wanted the game so they could have the extra practice time as they transition from the 3-4 to the 4-3 defense under new coordinator Monte Kiffin.
“We will start camp early,” Jones said. “Excited, because we’re going to go to Canton. Jason’s excited, we’re excited. We’re, I’m pretty sure, unless we get further notice, but we’ve known about this for, we’ve known the possibility for two or three weeks, we just hadn’t gotten confirmation officially. But we were asked would e consider doing it right after Larry Allen was put in the Hall of Fame, and we told them yeah, so we were pretty sure of it.”
Why do you want to do it other than you’re there presenting?
“Well that’s a reason, I’d like the free ride to Canton,” Jones “Always nice to have one you can be going anyway. But the other thing is I like the extra game. I like the extra game, the fifth game, I like the extra practice.”
And because you’re going to 4-3?
“Just in general. But that’s also good reasoning,” Jones allowed. “The more practice we can get here, the better off we are.”Clarence Hill