Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
CANTON, Ohio — Pigskins are ready to spiral again as the first preseason NFL football game creeps ever closer. Early morning crickets rustling in the dewy, green grass; sunshine bathing flush football fields; and smoked meats tickling the nostrils of elated tailgaters are all mere weeks away. And it all begins with the inaugural preseason game in the Buckeye State.
The Hall of Fame Game kicks off Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m. CDT at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Last year, the Baltimore Ravens (10-6) edged out the Chicago Bears (12-4) 17-16. It's of note that both teams not only made the playoffs, but the Ravens (AFC North) and Bears (NFC North) won their respective divisions.
This year it is the Atlanta Falcons (7-9) and Denver Broncos (6-10) who will do battle on the gridiron, but neither squad made the postseason a year ago.
Now, their teams are set to show off a plethora of rookie talent to fans, coaches and owners alike. It is an exciting time for young athletes who are trying to prove they belong on an NFL roster.
Atlanta finished their 7-9 season on a three-game win streak. The Falcons can also hang their hats on their 7-5 conference record in the NFC in 2018, but they struggled against AFC opponents going an embarrassing 0-4.
The Falcons' last appearance in the Hall of Game was in 1994 as Atlanta topped the San Diego Chargers 21-17.
The Broncos floundered to the finish line by losing their final four games as they suffered through a 6-10 disaster. However, Denver should take solace in the fact that six of their 10 losses were one-possession defeats.
In those games, the Broncos lost by an average of 3.83 points. If the ball bounced Denver's way just a few more times, fans could now be talking about a 12-4 playoff squad returning in 2019 for the Mile-High City. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and Broncos' fans are hungry to see improvement this season.
Denver's last appearance in the Hall of Fame Game came in 2004 which was a 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Tickets for most sections in the stadium are still available, and prices range from $69 to $199. Click HERE to purchase your seats. And for more information, please visit the Hall of Fame's official website: https://www.profootballhof.com/