Former Viking Moss inducted to Pro Football Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio — The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was inducted in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday night, Aug. 4, including former players Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher, along with front-office executive Bobby Beathard.
Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was the first of four men enshrined to approach tears. The eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro showed deep emotion while reflecting on his late mother, calling her the hardest-working person he’s ever known.
After waiting 49 years after retirement to get in, longtime Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer did not disappoint, delivering a lengthy speech filled with stories and inspirational quotes. Kramer, 82, also emphasized the importance of living a life built on character, not his list of accomplishments.
Robert Brazile, a seven-time Pro Bowler with the Houston Oilers, wore a memorable belt buckle to honor the late Bum Phillips, his former head coach. Longtime NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard, 81, is suffering from the early stages of dementia and chose to pre-record his speech.
Terrell Owens put on gold Hall of Fame jacket Saturday, but the scene was out of place as Owens celebrated his induction into the Hall of Fame in Chattanooga, Tenn., approximately 600 miles away from Canton.
Before seven others voted into the Hall of Fame were inducted on live television later in the evening, Owens celebrated his induction in front of less than 4,000 people at McKenzie Arena on the Tennessee-Chattanooga campus.
Owens played football and basketball at the university before embarking on his stellar NFL career. The locals serenaded him with numerous “T.O, T.O” chants while providing a friendly environment. Owens is the first living inductee to skip the Hall of Fame ceremonies.
During his speech, Owens sharply criticized the selection committee, which is mostly made up of media members. Owens wasn’t inducted until his third year of eligibility. Owens ranks second in NFL history with 15,934 receiving yards, third with 153 touchdown catches and eighth with 1,078 receptions.