Texans will play Bears in Hall of Fame Game

The Houston Texans will kick off the 2024 season in Canton, Ohio, for the annual Hall of Fame Game, the NFL announced Tuesday. Houston will play the Chicago Bears in the first preseason game of the new year on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.

This game has significance to both teams with soon-to-be Hall of Fame players. Andre Johnson will become the first player in Texans franchise history to be named to the Hall of Fame, while former Bears players Devin Hester, Steve McMichael and Julius Peppers will also be inducted.

The rest of the 2024 class includes Dwight Freeney, Randy Gradishar and Patrick Willis.

Houston has played in the Hall of Fame game before, but not since 2002. The Texans played in this ceremonial preseason match ahead of their inaugural season. It’s a full circle experience, now, that the Texans’ second-ever first-round pick will be enshrined in the teams’ second time playing in Canton.

It also kicks off a year of hype for the Texans, who are being lauded for their offseason moves and as possible contenders in the AFC.

Story originally appeared on Texans Wire