The date most NFL fans will circle on their calendars is Sept. 4 the kickoff of the regular season, when the Super Bowl champion Giants begin defending their title by hosting
But those who go a step further know pro football begins well before September. It starts in July, when training camps open around the league, in places like Bourbonnais, Ill., and Santa Clara, Calif., and Flowery Branch, Ga.
Indeed, the fan inspired to road-trip to these often out-of-the-way locations to witness the spectacle that is summer practice will be ahead of the game.
And we'll get you there, with the NFL Training Camp Travel Guide. Here to help us with expert insight are ESPN.com's NFL writers John Clayton, Jeffri Chadiha, James Walker, Paul Kuharsky, Matt Mosley and Len Pasquarelli, who offer insider views on the experience in each host city. Also included are suggestions for what to do when summer camp is not in session.
Now, go forth and train shape up your football knowledge for the regular season: