Terrell Owens voted into hall of fame; John Lynch doesn't make cut

Mindy Sparks
February 4, 2018

But the biggest stars of the class are the two linebackers that made it on their first tries, and the pair of lightning-rod receiver who sometimes caused as many problems for their own teams as for the opposition. Instead, former Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos safety, Brian Dawkins, was named to the Class of 2018.

Enshrinement will be August 4 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Following a 36-minute discussion in which the consistency of Moss' work ethic was weighed closely against his 156 touchdown catches and once-in-forever skill set, Moss survived the scrutiny of 47 selectors during an 8-hour, 15-minute meeting at the airport Marriott in Bloomington on Saturday. He is second all-time in receiving yards and third in touchdown receptions.

Right behind Moss for touchdowns (153) and just ahead of him in yards (15,934) is Owens, whose 1,078 receptions rank eighth all-time. I'm just so happy for Moss and judging by the tears, he's awfully happy too. Led by Lewis, the Ravens' defense played at a historic level that year, setting an National Football League record by allowing 165 points, the fewest ever in a 16-game season.

"It's an honor to be able to follow in those guys' footsteps as a kid that was hollering those names", Moss said.

Dawkins then got introspective when talking about Owens. I could watch this stuff all day long and it's certainly great to see these giants break down in this moment. "He taught our receiving corps, our offense to be honest with you, a different mindset about attacking and that blessed us to that Super Bowl run".

Dawkins was a teammate of Owens on the 2004 Eagles team that reached the Super Bowl. He showed great courage by returning from hard late-season injuries after tearing ligaments in his ankle and breaking his leg.

The former National Football League wide receiver was in Minneapolis this week, but left before Saturday's announcement because he had committed to play in a basketball game in Los Angeles. In spite of the injury, Owens caught nine balls for 122 yards in the loss.

"I've accomplished a lot of things", Lewis said, "but this moment is unexplainable". In 2005, head coach Andy Reid suspended Owens after he criticized the quarterback in an ESPN interview.

Reportedly joining Lewis in the Class of 2018 are receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, safety Brian Dawkins and linebacker Brian Urlacher. The class includes Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Brian Dawkins.

"I feel more disrespected than disappointed", Owens said. His list of honors is incredible: He was named AP Defensive Player of the Year twice, All-Pro seven times, and he was a 13-time Pro Bowler. Each of his stints in those cities - he also was with Buffalo and Cincinnati - didn't end well.

"I think it diminishes the reputation and the credibility the Hall of Fame is really revered for", Owens says of not being elected for what he believes are "character" reasons.

"I think the most grueling part of it is you've had success in your career and life and you usually feel like you are somewhat in control", Lynch said.

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