On Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio, there will be 2010’s first game to be played between the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals. The exhibition game will be played one day after the Cowboys star Emmitt Smith and longtime Bengals coach Dick LeBeau are inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame.
“More importantly, I really believe that having our players share in Emmitt Smith’s Hall of Fame enshrinement should serve as an inspiration to every man on our roster, whether it be a 10-year vet or a rookie that’s never played in an NFL game,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “I can’t think of a better way to start the season from a motivational perspective than wearing the same uniform as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.”
Smith, who played as a running back in Cowboys jersey from 1990 to 2002, has been NFL’s career leader in yards rushing and was elected along with Jerry Rice, John Randle, Rickey Jackson, Russ Grimm and Floyd Little.
LeBeau entered the Hall of Fame as a Detroit Lions cornerback. He continued NFL career by doing coaching job after retiring as an NFL player. He worked with the Bengals as a coach for 18 years and is currently a defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.