The 2018 NFL Hall of Fame class was officially announced tonight (Feb. 3) and eight new names will forever be enshrined in Canton, Ohio. The 2018 class includes five modern era players (Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Terrell Owens, and Brian Dawkins), two senior inductees (Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile), and one contributor (Bobby Beathard).
In his first year of eligibility, legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lewis spent his entire 17-year career with the Ravens before retiring in 2012. The Miami (Fla.) alum was a 13-time Pro Bowler, seven-time First Team All-Pro, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Super Bowl champion and one-time Super Bowl MVP.
Wide receiver Randy Moss—one of the most explosive playmakers in NFL history—was named to the Pro Football Hall in his first year of eligibility. In 14 seasons, Moss played for the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers. Moss was named to the Pro Bowl on six occasions and made the All-Pro First Team four times in addition to winning the 1998 Offensive Rookie of the Year. While Moss never won a Super Bowl, he played in the big game twice during his career.
It took three tries, but controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens will take his place among football's immortals.T.O. enjoyed a 15-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. The 1996 third-round pick out of Tennessee-Chattanooga was a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time First Team All-Pro. While Owens is best remembered by some for his antics, his on-field production was undeniable. Owens ranks eighth all-time in receptions (1,078), second in receiving yards (15,934) and fifth in receiving touchdowns (156).
After 13 seasons at linebacker for the Chicago Bears, Brian Urlacher was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Urlacher made the Pro Bowl eight times and was a four-time First Team All-Pro in addition to being the 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.The 2000 first-round pick out of New Mexico appeared in 182 games, all of which came as a member of the Bears. He finished with 1,354 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. Urlacher played in one Super Bowl, which was a 29-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI in 2007.
On the heels of a productive, 16-year NFL career, safety Brian Dawkins was chosen as a Pro Football Hall of Famer in his second year of eligibility. Dawkins spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles before closing it out with three years as a member of the Denver Broncos. A nine-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro, Dawkins stands as one of the best all-around safeties to ever play. His hard-hitting style is evidenced by his 1,131 career tackles, but he also contributed in other areas with 37 interceptions, 26 sacks, 36 forced fumbles and 19 fumble recoveries in 224 games.
As one of the two nominees by the seniors committee, linebacker Robert Brazile was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his 29th year of eligibility. This year marked the first time Brazile had ever been named a HOF finalist. He spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Houston Oilers, during which he was a seven-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team All-Pro. While tackles weren't tracked during his career and sacks didn't become an official stat until 1982, Brazile passed the eye test in terms of the massive impact he had on games from 1975 through 1984.
Long considered one of the best players to never make the Hall of Fame, guard Jerry Kramer has to wait no longer. After 45 years of eligibility, Kramer is finally a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a seniors committee nominee. Kramer was a finalist at various times in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Kramer spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, primarily as a right guard, although he also played a few seasons as Green Bay's kicker in addition to his offensive line duties. In 1962, he even led the NFL with a field-goal percentage of 81.8 percent. Kramer was a three-time Pro Bowler, as well as a five-time First Team All-Pro. He was an NFL champion on five occasions, and he went on to win both Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II with the Packers in 1967 and 1968.
Longtime NFL general manager Bobby Beathard was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a nominee by the contributor committee. Beathard is best known for his time as the Miami Dolphins' director of player personnel and the Washington Redskins' GM. After stints as a scout with the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, Beathard took over as Miami's director of player personnel in 1972, which is the same season it became the first and only team to finish with a perfect record. Beathard won two Super Bowls in Miami before becoming the Redskins' general manager in 1978. He stayed in that role until 1989, winning two more Super Bowls. He then became the San Diego Chargers' GM in 1990, which is a job he kept until 2000. In 1992, Beathard led the Bolts to their first playoff appearance since 1982, and he constructed a roster that reached the Super Bowl in 1994.