Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Brian Urlacher puts on gold Hall of Fame jacket for first time

Brian Urlacher puts on gold Hall of Fame jacket for first time

Randy Moss has landed among legends.

In fact, he will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday on the first ballot, becoming one of only six wideouts to accomplish that feat.

He also thanked his friends "who supported me when I was down, cheered for me when I was up". Green passed away July 22, 2016.

In a press conference after his induction, Owens said that going to Canton would have just been uncomfortable for him, "I'm not going to do a dog-and-pony show and smile at the people's faces and be fake", Owens said.

And, of course, he passionately thanked Eagles fans. "This is for us". "Being able to work two or three jobs to provide for us, you took care of us. For someone as competitive as I am, that victory means everything to me". I went through it mightily my rookie year.

Owens said during his speech he made that decision because he believes sportswriters "disregarded the system" in regard to his Hall of Fame candidacy, after he took three years to be inducted. Randy Moss was both, making him the most risky pass catcher in the game, and now a Pro Football Hall of Famer. "I'm sorry we didn't bring it home".

During his speech, Owens didn't waste any time talking about the snub.

"I'm bringing this gold jacket back tomorrow at the town center [at] 4:30 [p.m.]", Moss said. "The men who coached me are my fathers".

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Moss recalled his tough childhood in Rand, citing poverty and racism as issues that he often dealt with.

"I can not forget my small, unincorporated community of Rand, West Virginia", Moss added. "That's where it all started, that was the foundation". An eight-time All-Pro and inside linebacker on the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, he had a franchise-record 2,643 career tackles.

During the 2007 season, his first with the team after being acquired in a trade from Oakland, Moss caught a record 23 touchdown passes from Tom Brady during the Patriots flawless regular season. He's also eighth on the all-time career receptions list (1,078) and third in receiving touchdowns (153).

Owens had a remarkable 16-year career in the NFL.

"I left a few bucks on the table, but then I recovered quickly: I said, 'I want a signing bonus, too.' " Kramer, who was an 11-time finalist before getting the nod this year, recounted. Football is a team sport.

The down-to-earth guy in the gold jacket held it together during the rest of a heartfelt address devoted to thanking Urlacher's family and former teammates and coaches, perhaps the finest 19 minutes Chicago has seen from Urlacher on the occasion he became a football immortal. Stand up right now. He was also the team's kicker in 1962 and 1963. "You blessed me", Dawkins told Thomas. "You all are great owners".

"You all continue to do great things in the state", Moss said.

Dawkins was the leader of an Eagles defense that made four straight NFC championship games and one Super Bowl.

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