The Arizona Cardinals have had the honor of playing in the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game five times.
Who would’ve thought that the St.Louis/Arizona Cardinals have gotten to play in the first true NFL game of each respective season? It’s been 60 years since the first Hall of Fame Game, and the Cardinals participated in that all the way back in 1962.
We’ll get to their interesting games in just a bit. It’s worth mentioning that the Cardinals have 22 Hall of Fame players and contributors. That’s not too bad for a franchise that’s 124 years old. From Ernie Nevers to Aeneas Williams, Kurt Warner and more, the Cardinals have had legendary players that a lot of NFL fans forget because the team wasn’t as successful as they could be.
So without any further ado, let’s get into the first Arizona Cardinals Hall of Fame Game appearance in 1962:
The Arizona Cardinals first Hall of Fame Game ended in a tie
Yes, you read that correctly. What a way to kick off a game that would be played every single year since 1962 (except for a few years). The Cardinals tied the New York Giants in a 21-21 tie that saw a Charley Johnson-Y.A. Tittle matchup.
The Cardinals scored all of their points in the second and third quarters, but couldn’t get anything else going. Thus the game ended in a tie. So far, the Cardinals record in Hall of Fame Games is a cool 0-0-1.