Brian Urlacher will become the 28th member of the Bears inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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.
9 questions to test your Brian Urlacher fandom
Brian Urlacher will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this summer. How much do you know about the former Bears great and his HOF career? Take this quiz and find out!
Urlacher was born in which state?
Which of Urlacher's former Bears teammates was selected ahead of him in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft?
Urlacher caught a 27-yard touchdown pass in a 2001 win over the Redskins from which one of his teammates?
Urlacher returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown in 2001. Whose fumble did he recover?
In describing Urlacher's 25-tackle performance in a 2006 win over the Cardinals, who did Devin Hester say the middle linebacker turned into?
Urlacher was selected to eight Pro Bowls. Who is the only defensive player in Bears history to be chosen to more?
With five interceptions in 2007, Urlacher became the first linebacker to lead the Bears outright in that statistical category since who?
Urlacher was selected in the first round of the 2000 draft. Who did the Bears choose in the second round that year?
Urlacher is the 28th member of the Bears to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Who was No. 27?
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