The Bears and Ravens each had a first-ballot Hall of Famer in this year's class, and now their fans have another reason to travel to Canton for the induction ceremony.
The Ravens are playing in their first-ever Hall of Fame game, while the Bears will be playing in their fifth.
Other members of the 2018 Hall class are receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer (senior inductee), linebacker Robert Brazile (senior inductee) and former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard (contributor inductee). The Bears are 4-0 all-time in the Hall of Fame Game, also having defeated the Dallas Cowboys 30-24 in 1968, New York Jets 20-6 in 1977 and Cleveland Browns 13-0 in 1990.
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This means the Bears will have five preseason game, contrasting with the normal four.
Urlacher was drafted as the ninth player overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Bears. The game will be on a Thursday night rather than a Sunday for the second consecutive year.
The Hall of Fame Game will mainly include young, fringe roster players, but the extra practices won't hurt for a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2010.
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