Now for the average, casual NFL football fan, the season doesn’t really start until September 9th, 2010. That is a Thursday night game between New Orleans and Minnesota in a re-match of the sick NFC Championship from last season.

For the real fans, the fantasy football guys, the diehard face painters, the guys who actually schlep out and watch training camp practices…THE NFL SEASON STARTS THIS SUNDAY! It is the Hall of Fame Game, and it is always the first preseason game that kicks the NFL season off. The game will be televised nationally on NBC, Sunday night at 8 p.m. EST. The teams in this years game are the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals.

The Game will follow an enshrinement of the Hall’s Class of 2010 on Saturday, August 7. It includes Emmitt Smith as well as Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle and Jerry Rice.