2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame: Terrell Owens finally gets curtsy in star-studded class

MINNEAPOLIS — The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced a annual difficulty on Saturday night during NFL Honors and, to no one’s surprise, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis skated into Canton. Also unsurprising: Randy Moss assimilated him.

What was intolerable was that Terrell Owens, formerly snubbed by a voters, finished adult creation it into Canton on his third try. 

Not creation it this year? Offensive linemen. Alan Faneca and Tony Boselli were both denied bullion jackets during a responsibility of some important defensive players: Lewis, Brian Dawkins and Brian Urlacher assimilated a receiver twin as a complicated entrants for a Hall.

Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard are also a partial of a class. 

Ray Lewis

Drafted with a 26th altogether collect of a 1996 NFL Draft by a Ravens, Lewis and associate Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden were a initial new players acquired by a authorization after relocating out of Cleveland and to a new home. They became a fortitude of a Ravens, assisting a group to win a Super Bowl in a 2000 season, when Lewis was named Super Bowl MVP.

Lewis would go on to play a conspicuous 17 seasons during center linebacker for a singular franchise, creation a Pro Bowl 13 times — including a final time during a age of 36 — and being named to a All-Pro group 7 times in his career. Lewis constructed 31 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles, 41.5 sacks and available some-more than 2,000 sum tackles in his career. Lewis netted Defensive Player of a Year honors twice (2000, 2003) and would bookend his implausible run with a Ravens by assisting them to win a Super Bowl in 2012, his final year in a NFL.

Lewis’ career was not though controversy: in Jan of 2000, dual of Lewis’s friends were arrested and indicted on murder charges after dual people were stabbed outward of a Super Bowl celebration in Atlanta. Lewis had murder charges discharged and he pled guilty to deterrent of justice. He was also fined $250,000 by a NFL for his purpose in a incident.

Randy Moss

Arguably a many gifted far-reaching receiver in NFL history, Moss has a fascinating career path. Drafted by a Vikings in a initial turn of a 1998 NFL Draft, Moss fell to 21st altogether since of impression concerns (he left Florida State and finished college during Marshall). He exploded on a scene, heading a NFL in touchdowns as a rookie (17) while throwing 69 passes for 1,313 yards.

Partnering with Cris Carter for several years, Moss would turn a many fatal low hazard in a NFL; a prominence tilt of his catches over 40 yards lasts some-more than 9 minutes. But things weren’t always well-spoken sailing for Moss: he drew critique for his function on a field, including a feign mooning of Packers fans during Lambeau Field that brought out a classical “disgusting act” line from Joe Buck on a broadcast.

Moss was traded to a Oakland Raiders during a 2005 offseason and it looked like his career competence be circuitous down. Moss surfaced 1,000 receiving yards his initial year with a Silver and Black though clearly wasn’t happy and after pronounced he didn’t caring as most when he wasn’t in a good mood. Moss would be traded to a Patriots before a 2007 deteriorate and he exploded in a chronological season, throwing 98 passes for 1,493 yards and an absurd 23 touchdowns.

Moss ranks fourth in receiving yards (15,292), 15th in receptions (982) and second in receiving touchdowns (156). 

Terrell Owens

Finally! Owens, who is tip 10 all time in receptions (1,078), receiving yards (15,934) and receiving touchdowns (153), was kept out of a Hall of Fame for his initial dual years of eligibility for reasons that go over a football field. It was roughly categorically as a outcome of Owens’s function outward a lines. Owens was a notoriously outrageous pain in a behind as a teammate and for a media to cover. Let’s be genuine here — Owens unequivocally favourite to sow a spotlight, and he was really good during sketch courtesy to himself, either it be for good about “my quarterback” (Tony Romo) or doing sit-ups in his drive (with a Eagles). Owens roughly always had nauseous departures from whatever group he was personification for.

Having pronounced that, he was an impossibly widespread force in a flitting game. Owens was drafted in a third turn of a 1996 NFL Draft out of Chattanooga and spent a initial 8 seasons of his career in San Francisco. He had one 1,000-yard deteriorate in his initial 4 years and afterwards exploded in a fifth deteriorate of his career, throwing 97 passes for 1,451 yards and 13 touchdown passes. He would lead a joining in receiving scores a subsequent dual years (16 in 2001 and 13 in 2002) and be named to a All-Pro group 4 uninterrupted seasons.

At a age of 31, he assimilated a Eagles and helped Philadelphia make a run to a Super Bowl; Owens pennyless his leg late in a year though still came behind and scarcely dragged Philly to a pretension (spoiler: a Patriots would win). He usually lasted one some-more year in Philly before spending 3 seasons with a Cowboys; Owens would measure 38 touchdowns for a Cowboys in that widen and normal 1,196 receiving yards with Dallas. Owens would hang adult his career with a deteriorate in Buffalo and a deteriorate in Cincinnati. 

Brian Urlacher

A warn preference for this class, it was mostly believed Urlacher competence have to wait during slightest one year to see Lewis get in before being comparison for a Hall of Fame himself. However, Urlacher garnered a support indispensable to get a bullion coupler on his initial attempt.

Urlacher was drafted by a Bears with a ninth altogether collect in a 2000 NFL Draft and spent his whole career in Chicago, personification 13 seasons for a Bears in mostly widespread fashion. He done Pro Bowls his initial 4 seasons and finished with 8 of them in his career, while also creation a All-Pro group 4 opposite times. Urlacher was a prototypical center linebacker for a Bears during a time when good defenses indispensable a fortitude in a middle, and Urlacher was ideal for Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 invulnerability in Chicago. He was a rebellious machine, finishing his career with 1,315 tackles. He also combined 41.5 sacks and a absurd 22 interceptions. Urlacher was a 2000 Defensive Rookie of a Year and a 2005 Defensive Player of a Year. 

Brian Dawkins

Another buttress of a widespread late ’90s defense, Dawkins was one of a hardest attack safeties ever to beauty an NFL field, a second-round collect who spent his career punishing receivers that attempted to come over a center of a margin and locate a football. Dawkins finished his career — 13 years with a Eagles and 3 years with a Broncos — with 1,131 sum tackles, 26 sacks and 37 interceptions. He also purebred 120 passes defensed and 36 forced fumbles.

Dawkins was a ideal fit for Jim Johnson’s aggressive, blitz-happy invulnerability (although he was drafted before Andy Reid and Johnson got to Philly) and done his initial Pro Bowl in 1999 following a coaching change with a Eagles. Dawkins would go on to make a Pro Bowl 9 times and be named to a All-Pro group 4 opposite times. 

Jerry Kramer

Kramer has long been one of a some-more argumentative snubs when it came to a Hall of Fame. He played 11 seasons with a Packers, winning 5 titles in Green Bay during his tenure. Kramer was authorised for a Hall of Fame for a initial time in 1973 and was a finalist a absurd 10 times. He was an All-Pro 5 times with Green Bay. Kramer was a two-time Super Bowl leader and a five-time NFL champion overall. 

Robert Brazile

Brazile spent his whole 10-year career personification linebacker for a Oilers, earning a Defensive Rookie of a Year endowment in 1975 after being a sixth-overall collect for Houston that year. Brazile was a final linebacker from a NFL’s 1970s All-Decade team to make it in a Hall of Fame. He was named to 7 Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro dual opposite times in his career. He finished his career with 13 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles.

Bobby Beathard

Beathard warranted his mark in a Hall of Fame around a writer difficulty after spending scarcely 4 decades in a NFL, including 22 years as an NFL ubiquitous manager. Beathard was a Redskins GM for 11 years, winning a span of Super Bowls and creation a playoffs 5 opposite times. He afterwards spent 11 some-more years with a San Diego Chargers, creation a singular Super Bowl (1994) though unwell to secure a title. Beathard was also a director for a Chiefs and a Falcons and a crew male for a Dolphins when they won a span of Super Bowls, giving him 4 rings sum in his career. 

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