Full list and details of Hall of Fame Class of 2018

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It took Terrell Owens three years for his gold jacket. Randy Moss is in on the first ballot. The wide receivers will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame together as part of the Class of 2018.

Owens and Moss are joined by safety Brian Dawkins, linebacker Ray Lewis, linebacker Brian Urlacher, seniors candidates Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributor Bobby Beathard in earning selection Saturday.

Lewis was the only lock on the list of 15 modern-era candidates, and selectors spent only six minutes discussing him. His 17 seasons, 31 interceptions, eight All-Pro selections, 13 Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl rings made his case.

Not surprisingly, the wide receivers elicited the most debate, with Owens the longest discussion of the day at 45 minutes, 23 seconds and Moss second at 34:42.

Both ended up making it, with comparable stats and comparable careers. It just took Owens a little longer, though some, including Owens, would argue it took two years longer than it should have.

Owens caught 1,078 passes for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns in 16 seasons, while Moss made 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns in 14 seasons.

Moss became the first receiver elected on the first ballot since Jerry Rice, who earned enshrinement in 2010.

Urlacher joined Moss and Lewis as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Dawkins was in his second year of eligibility.

The 47 selectors took eight hours to debate the class, with the inductees getting at least 80 percent positive votes. Isaac Bruce, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, John Lynch and Everson Walls failed to make the cut to 10, and Tony Boselli, Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Ty Law and Kevin Mawae were eliminated in the cutdown to five.

It was the 20th and final year of eligibility for Walls and Jacoby, with both now going to the seniors pool.

45 responses to “Full list and details of Hall of Fame Class of 2018

  1. For the first time ever, I can honestly say I’m looking forward to these Hall of Fame speeches. Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Terrel Owens + a 6 pack of beer = a pretty entertaining night.

    A lot more entertaining than the Hall of Fame game, anyway.

  2. The debate on Randy Moss should have lasted one minute—the time it takes to stand up, go get a cup of coffee, return to the table, and sit down. His selection as a first-ballot NFL HOF’er is a no-brainer.

  3. Great class. All who got in clearly deserved it. People forget how fast Urlacher could move. He was the rare MLB who could really play in coverage. Lewis and Dawkins were also well deserving.

    Of those who did not make it, Boseli was the biggest surprise. He should get in eventually.

  4. Congrats Urlacher. Reading some of the posts on the internet make me cringe….I saw every game this guy played and he is one of the best BEARS players of all time

  5. Off the field and personal behavior off of it, as well as Locker room/sideline issues should be part. Such as Randy Hitting the Meter Maid with his car when she was giving him a ticket.
    T.O., Trash talking, selfish, and NOT someone I want my Grandkids to choose as a roll Model.

  6. I wonder what color of suit Ray Lewis will wear to the induction ceremony. Bet it’s not white.

  7. kingthielenscourt says:
    February 3, 2018 at 8:12 pm
    Off the field and personal behavior off of it, as well as Locker room/sideline issues should be part. Such as Randy Hitting the Meter Maid with his car when she was giving him a ticket.
    T.O., Trash talking, selfish, and NOT someone I want my Grandkids to choose as a roll Model

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    First of all, I hope you’re not teaching them grammar or spelling. It’s ‘role’.

    Second of all, role models should be of their own choice. We all pick roll models for various reasons. My daughter’s is Steven Hawkings. Mine was Roberto Clemente. Some pick Kim Kardashian, some pick Donald Trump, some even pick Donald Duck.

    It’s a phase. A true role model is a parent who (or grand parent) who lives by example, not someone on TV. If the TV role model phase lasts, then the person is not going far in life. If anywhere at all.

  8. PS: I take back the grammar part. You were fine. One spelling mistake. We all make them. Point is, your grand kids probably will never spend more than 10 minutes on Randy Moss’s life, unless they watch a documentary which will spell out the good and bad.

    Ray Lewis and T.O. aren’t exactly role model types either.

  9. The only HOF that Ray Lewis should belong to is the one for guys “who escaped a murder rap” to “become the dirtiest player in the NFL”. Absolutely disgusting pick.

  10. Apparently it takes an act of God to get into the HOF as an offensive linemen. HOF voting is a joke – example Jason Taylor gets in before Jacoby and Boselli? Absolutely stupid!

  11. Ray “me me ” Lewis made it? Shocker! Didn’t know they let people in on mouth running!
    He’s still me Lewis, watch NFL Network…they always cut him off from talking about himself all the time. I stopped watching ESPN till he left, and now NFL Network.
    He was average at best his last 7 years. The probowl shouldn’t make a case for anyone for the HOF. Several years straight Lewis was in the middle of the pack when it came to MLB but he still was voted in over the other MLB. The PB really means nothing. Lewis was a mouth runner, great for the first half of his career, average the second half.

  12. phinland says:
    February 3, 2018 at 9:50 pm
    Beathard? The guy who set San Diego back a decade with all of his garbage moves as GM?

    He made it in from the Redskins days, you know four SB’s and many players drafted from round 3 on! Not sure what he did or didn’t do in SD but in DC is what he’s reconized for.

  13. Yello Ledbetter says:
    February 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm
    I wonder what color of suit Ray Lewis will wear to the induction ceremony. Bet it’s not white.

    Black and White strip? Or maybe bright orange? Instead of HOF it should be DOC.

  14. I’ve been saying for several years that they needed to go back and look at Robert Brazile. Thankfully, the Senior Committee did. One of the most underrated and underappreciated players of all time.
    And so nice to see Jerry Kramer finally get his due!!

  15. The one guy not getting any mentions is newly elected HOF’er Robert Brazile. He’s not as well known as the other guys entering the Hall, but Brazile was a real force in the 70’s and early 80’s. As an old Luv Ya Blue alumni, I’m happy to see Dr. Doom finally get the recognition he deserves. There were very few who hit harder or who played the game with more passion than Brazile. All and all, a very respectable and deserving HOF class this year.

  16. This Hall of Fame class is awesome!!! To have the top 2 receivers, and top 2 middle linebackers to ever play the game in the same class!! I can not wait to see, and hear their speeches! You know Ray Lewis and Brian Dawkins gon be hyped up…LOL I am excited for this one!!! Shout out to #54 Brian Urlacher for helping restore my Chicago Bears back to prominence in the early-mid 2000s!!!

  17. Inducting Terrell Owens is simply knocking the bottom out of a rotten barrel, but they gave fart-faced Jerrah Jones a gold jacket, so I guess that the bar is really low. Let’s see who has the integrity decline the offer in future years – a club no one wants to be associated with.

  18. Inducting Terrell Owens is simply knocking the bottom out of a rotten barrel, but they gave fart-faced Jerrah Jones a gold jacket, so I guess that the bar is really low. Let’s see who has the integrity to decline the offer in future years – a club no one wants to be associated with.

  19. Until Jim Marshall gets inducted, The Hall of Fame lacks Credibility!!! Dave Casper and his 4000 receiving yards in, but Marshall from the BEST FRONT FOUR EVER and his 20 Years and 282 STRAIGHT GAMES is not! What a joke!!! He was on the Defensive Line and Not a Quarterback. 282 Straight Games 282!!!

  20. Until Jim Marshall gets inducted, The Hall of Fame lacks Credibility!!! Dave Casper and his 4000 receiving yards in, but Marshall from the BEST FRONT FOUR EVER and his 20 Years and 282 STRAIGHT GAMES is not! What a joke!!! He was on the Defensive Line and Not a Quarterback. 282 Straight Games 282!!!.

  21. kingthielenscourt says:
    February 3, 2018 at 8:12 pm
    Off the field and personal behavior off of it, as well as Locker room/sideline issues should be part. Such as Randy Hitting the Meter Maid with his car when she was giving him a ticket.
    T.O., Trash talking, selfish, and NOT someone I want my Grandkids to choose as a roll Model.
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    A good roll model for your grandkids would be Martin’s Potato Rolls. They are soft and squishy and have no taste. If you were looking for role models on the other hand, football isn’t a great place to find them unless your grandkids want to play professional football. Be a good role model for them and learn how to spell and capitalize correctly.

  22. With Jerry Kramer finally inducted, he can pass the baton to Jim Marshall as the “best player not in the pro football HoF.”

    Much is made of the Joe Thomas ironman streak in Cleveland, and it is an impressive feat. But if Thomas is the Cal Ripken of football, Jim Marshall is the NFL’s version of Lou Gehrig.

  23. “Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    February 3, 2018 at 8:52 pm
    The only HOF that Ray Lewis should belong to is the one for guys “who escaped a murder rap” to “become the dirtiest player in the NFL”. Absolutely disgusting pick.”

    That’s unfair. Ray Lewis is also a member of the Pile Jumpers HoF.

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    But seriously the Dawkins is interesting on a number of levels. Its been really hard for safeties to get in. There is some debate about Lynch. Of course there was Dawkins. Polamalu and Ed Reed are coming up really fast. Its pretty obvious that the last 2 are 1st ballot worthy. So they had to start clearing up the logjam. I think that Lynch isn’t going to make it unless it happens as a senior nomination.

  24. Brian Dawkins – 6x All-Pro, 2000s All-Decade Team, 1 Super Bowl, no Titles

    Ed Reed – 8x All-Pro, 2000s All-Decade Team, 2014 DPOY, 1 Super Bowl, 1 Title
    Troy Polamalu – 6x All-Pro, 2000s All-Decade Team, 2010 DPOY, 3 Super Bowls, 2 Titles

    Steve Atwater – 3x All-Pro, 1990s All-Decade Team, 2 Super Bowls, 2 Titles
    LeRoy Butler – 4x All-Pro, 1990s All-Decade Team, 2 Super Bowls, 1 Title

    John Lynch – 4x All-Pro, NOT on an All-Decade Team, 1 Super Bowl, 1 Title
    Rodney Harrison – 4x All-Pro, NOT on an All-Decade Team, 3 Super Bowls, 2 Titles

    Atwater, Butler, Lynch and Harrison are going to have to rely on the Senior Committee to get in.

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