Linebacker Brian Urlacher’s Bears will face LB Ray Lewis’ Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, ahead of the Hall of Fame ceremony on Aug. 4.
Since 2014, the Hall of Fame Game has featured teams that represent an inductee that year.
This will mark the second straight year that the Hall of Fame Game will be played on a Thursday night and not on a Sunday. It will kick off a weekend of events that includes the class of 2018 being honored during a gold jacket dinner on Friday and the formal enshrinement ceremony at the stadium on Saturday.
Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, is the first Bear to be enshrined since 2011 and the 28th overall in franchise history, the most of any team.
Lewis was a 13-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP. Lewis started 227 games in his career and was credited with eight 100-tackle seasons.
The Bears are 4-0 in the Hall of Fame Game, which they last played in in 2005. The Ravens are making their first appearance in the league’s opening preseason game. The last time an NFL team from Baltimore played in the Hall of Fame Game was 1982, when the Colts played the Vikings two years before their move to Indianapolis.