The Bears will kick off the Matt Nagy era by opening their preseason against the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game at 7 p.m. (CT) Thursday, Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio.
The two teams were chosen because their long-time star middle linebackers—the Bears’ Brian Urlacher and the Ravens’ Ray Lewis—will be part of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 that’s enshrined in Canton Saturday, Aug. 4.
The Bears last played in the Hall of Fame Game in 2005, defeating the Miami Dolphins 27-24. The Bears were scheduled to play the St. Louis Rams in the 2011 Hall of Fame contest, but it was cancelled due to the NFL lockout. 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.
In addition to Urlacher and Lewis, other members of the Class of 2018 are general manager Bobby Beathard, linebacker Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer, and receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.
A first ballot Hall of Famer, Urlacher will become the 28th member of the Bears organization enshrined in Canton, the most of any NFL team.
The Hall of Fame Game will be the first of five preseason contests for the Bears.
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Individual tickets to the Hall of Fame Game and Enshrinement Ceremony will go on sale Friday, Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. (CT) and will be available at profootballhof.com/tickets.