San Francisco 49ers

49ers left out of Hall of Fame game

Eddie DeBartolo, celebrating with running back Roger Craig after the San Francisco 49ers, owned by DeBartolo, won the Super Bowl in 1989. DeBartolo is going into the Hall of Fame, but his former team is not playing in the preseason game that is part of induction celebrations.
Eddie DeBartolo, celebrating with running back Roger Craig after the San Francisco 49ers, owned by DeBartolo, won the Super Bowl in 1989. DeBartolo is going into the Hall of Fame, but his former team is not playing in the preseason game that is part of induction celebrations. AP

Eddie DeBartolo Jr., finally was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the 49ers, the team that won five Super Bowls under his ownership, won’t play in the annual game that accompanies enshrinement weekend and kicks off the NFL preseason.

The Hall of Fame game instead will feature the Colts and Packers on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio.

Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre, former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison and one-time Colts coach Tony Dungy were voted into the 2016 Hall of Fame class with DeBartolo. Teams that play in the game begin the preseason a week early and play five preseason games.

Two other 2016 inductees, Kevin Greene and the late Dick Stanfel, also have ties to San Francisco. The 49ers haven’t played in the Hall of Fame game since 2000 when Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana and Dave Wilcox were enshrined.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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