Wiedmer: NFL should have game with its Hall of Fame weekend

Arkansas-SEMO Live Blog

Last weekend found 13-year-old Josh Brady playing football at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

A rising eighth-grader at Silverdale Baptist Academy, Josh was the only Tennessean selected to his age group's USA national team that faced two teams from Sweden, one from Canada and a developmental squad from the United States atop Fawcett's fake grass.

Sadly, those are the last football contests to be played for at least a month at the 22,400-seat facility, despite the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies soon taking over the city of 85,000 people about 60 miles south of Cleveland.

Not that it's normally that way this time of year. Until the NFL lockout forced its cancellation last week, the Hall of Fame game had been played at Fawcett every year since 1966 as an annual kickoff to the NFL exhibition season and a fitting climax to the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.