The Bills and the Giants will kick off the 2014 preseason by playing in the traditional Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH on August 3rd, reports Kevin Patra of NFL.com Around The League. The game will be a rematch of the Super Bowl XXV, which is known as the famous Wide Right game where Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a would-be game-winning field goal, resulting in a 20-19 Giants victory.
Even though this game usually gets a collective “meh” from NFL fans, it will be exciting for Bills and Giants supporters, as their respective training camps will open a week earlier. With former Giants DE Michael Strahan and former Bills wideout Andre Reed as two of the headliners for this year’s Hall of Fame class, New York and Buffalo are appropriate teams for this year’s exhibition.
Although Strahan is known as today for being a pregame analyst for FOX NFL Sunday, he’s getting in the Hall of Fame for being fifth all-time with 141.5 career sacks, 22.5 of which came in his record-setting 2001 season where he won the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Reed is the best receiver in Bills history, totaling 951 catches and 87 career TDs. He ranks tenth in career receptions, and lead all players with eight catches in the aforementioned Super Bowl XXV between these two teams.
Other headliners for the 2014 Hall of Fame include former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks and the greatest punter of all-time, Ray Guy.