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Moss, Lewis headline 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

CANTON, Ohio (KETK) - "Selection Saturday" resulted in eight “Heroes of the Game” earning election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall’s selection committee held its annual selection meeting Saturday in Minnesota to elect the Class of 2018.

The new class of Enshrinees was announced on stage at NFL Honors.

The newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame include contributor Bobby Beathard, linebacker Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer, linebacker Ray Lewis, wide receiver Randy Moss, wide receiver Terrell Owens, and linebacker Brian Urlacher.

The annual selection meeting in Bloomington, Minnesota, capped a year-round selection process. The newly elected Hall of Famers were chosen from a list of 18 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee.

Representatives of the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche tabulated all votes during Saturday’s meeting.

The Class of 2018 will be officially enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the spectacular Enshrinement Ceremony held inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Saturday, August 4. The Enshrinement Ceremony is the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018

BOBBY BEATHARD

Contributor: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers

Noted for his adept eye for talent through a career that spanned more than three decades

Served as scout for Chiefs and Falcons before being named director of player personnel for Dolphins in 1972

Integral part of Miami’s two Super Bowl teams

Became Redskins General Manager in 1978

Masterful management of Washington roster to build Super Bowl champions

Often dealt first-round draft picks to acquire more talent

Used team’s first round draft pick just three times in 11 seasons

The Redskins’ Super Bowl XVII roster included 27 free agents signed by Beathard

Under his guidance, Redskins made five playoff appearances in six-season span including two Super Bowl titles (XVII and XXII)

Instantly created winning culture in San Diego after Chargers named him General Manager in 1990

Within three years, team claimed first division title in more than decade

Two years later, Chargers advanced to franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance (XXIX)

In all, Beathard’s teams advanced seven Super Bowls and won four

Born January 24, 1937 in Zanesville, Ohio.

ROBERT BRAZILE

Linebacker: 6-4, 241 pounds, Jackson State, 1975-1984 Houston Oilers

10 seasons, 147 games

1st round draft pick, sixth overall, by the Oilers in 1975 NFL Draft

Draft choice obtained in trade with Kansas City Chiefs that also included the acquisition of Hall of Fame defensive tackle Curley Culp

Held team record with 147 straight games played

Also started seven playoff games

Made instant impact on defense as a rookie and helped Houston to 10-4 record for first winning season in eight years

Earned Defensive Rookie of the Year Honors

Team leader that helped transform franchise highlighted by three straight playoff appearances, 1978-1980

Helped Oilers to three consecutive 10-win seasons (10-6 in 1978, 11-5 in 1979, 11-5 in 1980)

Registered career-best 185 tackles (95 solo, 98 assisted) during 1978 season

Started at outside linebacker in back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances (1978-79)

Recorded nine tackles and one fumble recovery in 1978 AFC Championship Game

Spectacular pass rusher; recorded career-best 6.5 sacks in 1976 and 1980

Career statistics include 13 interceptions, 14 fumble recoveries

All-Pro five straight seasons, 1976-1980

Selected to seven Pro Bowls

Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1970s

Born February 7, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama

BRIAN DAWKINS

Safety: 5-11, 200 pounds, Clemson, 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos

16 seasons, 224 games

Drafted in second round (61st overall) by Philadelphia in 1996 draft

Named Eagles’ Defensive MVP five times

Helped Eagles to eight playoff appearances

Started in four NFC championship games, one Super Bowl

First-team All-Pro five seasons (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009)

Earned first of nine Pro Bowl nods after 1999 season

First player in NFL history to record a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown catch in same game (vs. Houston Texans, Sept. 29, 2002)

Set Eagles record for most games played

Voted to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s

Intercepted pass in 15 straight seasons

Led Eagles in interceptions back-to-back seasons, 1997-98

Recorded 37 career interceptions returned for 513 yards and 2 touchdowns

Recorded multiple interceptions in a season 11 times

Pick sixes included 64-yard return vs. Giants, 1997 and 67-yard score vs. Dolphins, 1999

Averaged nearly 100 tackles per season throughout career

Registered 26 career sacks

Also had 49-yard fumble return for TD, 2001

Recorded 3 sacks in final season with Broncos to help Denver to division title, 2011

Born October 13, 1973 in Jacksonville, Florida.

JERRY KRAMER

Guard: 6-3, 245 pounds, Idaho, 1958-1968 Green Bay Packers

11 seasons, 130 games

Fourth round pick (39th overall) by Packers in 1958 NFL Draft

Anchored offensive line of Lombardi-era Packers

Packers recorded winning records in all but his first and last season

Named All-NFL five times (1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967)

Selected to three Pro Bowls

Rebounded from broken ankle (1961) and intestinal infections (1964) that caused him to miss action

Handled team’s placekicking duties in 1962-63 and briefly in final season

Totaled 177 career points on 90 extra points and 29 field goals converted

Kicked record-tying three field goals and one PAT in 1962 NFL Championship Game win vs. Giants

Named to NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team, NFL All-Decade Team of 1960s and Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team

Integral leader in Packers’ dominance during 1960s capped by victories in Super Bowls I and II

Started at right guard in six NFL championship games, five of which were won by Green Bay

Remembered for key block that made way for Bart Starr’s game-winning touchdown in the famous “Ice Bowl” - 1967 NFL Championship Game

Born January 23, 1936 in Jordan, Montana

RAY LEWIS

Linebacker: 6-1, 240 pounds, Miami (FL), 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens

17 seasons, 228 games

1st round pick (26th overall) by expansion Ravens in 1996 NFL Draft

Hard-hitting linebacker and team leader on punishing defense

Started at middle linebacker in four AFC championship games and two Super Bowls

Twice named Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 20003)

Earned Most Valuable Player honors in Ravens’ 34-7 victory over Giants in Super Bowl XXXV after recording three tackles, two assists and four passes defensed

Became just second player in league history to earn NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP in same season

Tallied four tackles and three assists in Ravens’ 34-31 win over 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII

Led Ravens in tackles 14 seasons (1996-2001, 2003-04, 2006-2011)

Named All-Pro eight times

Voted to 12 Pro Bowls

Selected to NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s

First player in NFL history with 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career

Recorded 41.5 career sacks

31 interceptions returned for 503 yards and 3 TDs

Recovered a team record 20 fumbles

Amassed franchise record 2,643 career tackles Tallied 50 career take-aways (31 interceptions plus 19 opponents’ fumbles recovered) that ranks second among linebackers since 1970 merger

Born May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida

RANDY MOSS

Wide Receiver: 6-4, 210 pounds, Marshall, 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers

14 seasons, 218 games

1st round pick (21st overall) by Vikings in 1998 NFL Draft

Made instant impact at pro level with 69 catches for 1,313 yards and a league-leading 17 touchdowns in rookie season

Named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year

Eclipsed 100-catch mark in back-to-back seasons, 2002-03

Recorded career-best 111 catches for 1,632 yards for Vikings in 2003

Set NFL record with 23 touchdown receptions in his first season with Patriots, 2007

Started in four conference championship games and two Super Bowls

Registered 10 or more TD catches in a season nine times

Led NFL in TD receptions five times (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, and 2009)

Became second player to eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving 10 times

Career numbers include 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 TDs

Also scored touchdown on punt return; threw 2 TD passes and scored four two-point conversions

Earned All-Pro honors four times

Voted to six Pro Bowls

Selected to NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s

Born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia

TERRELL OWENS

Wide Receiver: 6-3, 224 pounds, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals

16 seasons, 219 games

Drafted in 3rd round of 1996 draft by San Francisco

Prolific receiver with great hands and ability for big plays

Career totals: 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards, 14.8 yards per catch and 153 TDs

Yardage total ranks second all-time, touchdown reception total is third most in NFL history

Set then-record for catches in a single game with 20 against Bears, Dec. 17, 2000

Had 60 or more catches in all but three seasons

Registered nine 1,000-yards seasons over 11-year span

Eight seasons with double-digit TD receptions

Led NFL in TD catches three times (16 in 2001, 13 in 2002 and 2006)

Remarkable three-year span (2000-02) during which he caught 290 passes for 4,163 yards and 42 TDs

Set career-high with 1,451 yards, 2000 and 100 catches, 2002

Recorded 9 receptions for 122 yards in Eagles’ narrow Super Bowl XXXIX loss

Named All-Pro five times (2000-02, 2004, 2007)

All-NFC four times

Selected to six Pro Bowls

Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s

Born December 7, 1973 in Alexander City, Alabama

BRIAN URLACHER

Linebacker: 6-4, 258 pounds, New Mexico, 2000-2012 Chicago Bears

13 seasons, 182 games

Selected as 9th player overall in 1st round of 2000 NFL Draft by Bears

Named Defensive Rookie of the Year after registering a career-high 8 sacks and two interceptions

Named NFL’s Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, 2005 after helping Bears lead NFL in fewest points allowed by posting 171 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, and six sacks

Passionate team leader who helped Bears to win four division titles (2001, 2005-06, 2010)

Made four tackles and recorded two passes defensed in Bears’ 39-14 win in 2006 NFC Championship Game to earn berth in Super Bowl XLI

Registered outstanding performance in 2010 NFC Championship Game with nine tackles, one assist along with a sack and interception returned for 39 yards

Bears’ all-time leading tackler

Led Bears in tackles eight times

Career statistics include 41.5 sacks and 22 interceptions

Scored five career TDs (two interception returns, two fumble recoveries, and one TD reception)

All-Pro five times

Voted to eight Pro Bowls

Named to NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s

Born May 25, 1978 in Pasco, Washington

 


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