Urlacher 'trying not to think' about Hall of Fame vote

Brian Urlacher left is up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first ballot Saturday

Dawkins, 44, was leading a crowd of fans in the Eagles' fight song shortly after learning the good news - outdoors in the snow, no less.

This year, he'd like to add another: Hall of Famer.

Dawkins was selected as one of five modern-era inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018, giving him a fitting reward for a 16-season career in which he earned nine Pro Bowl selections - including two with the Broncos - and four first-team All-Pro nods.

As best I understand it, they are holding the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, where the high temperature Sunday is predicted to be a balmy 6 degrees, so Sports Illustrated writer extraordinaire Peter King could go ice fishing before he messed over your favorite gridiron giant in the Hall of Fame voting. For numerous eight, the good news came by way of a face-to-face meeting with Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker.

At some point, Lynch, who is still waiting for the knock, said he got exhausted of waiting. Last year, the two built a roster that started the season by losing nine consecutive games. "So (Lovie) just let me do things with my athletic ability and be around the line of scrimmage more - more picks, more passing plays, so he developed me". It wasn't very fun. But it doesn't change what I did on the football field. I get all types of emotions with it, feelings that normally I don't have.

Lewis spent his 17-year career with the Baltimore Ravens before retiring in 2012, earning 13-time Pro Bowl selections.

This needs to be Lynch's year, not only because he has waited longer than Dawkins, but because he is as deserving as any safety in the Hall of Fame.

It's been a lifelong dream for many of this year's players, whose names have now been immortalized.

Joining Urlacher in the Class of 2018 is Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Terrell, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazil and Bobby Beathard.

Urlacher finished with 1,080 tackles, 22 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns during his time with the Bears.

So what's kept Owens from Canton?

"I'm just over it, to be honest", Owens said.

"I think he's the smartest player that I've ever played against", Rodgers said. So I think in terms of my body of work and what I've done for the game, that speaks loudly for itself. "I never dreamed about being in (the Hall of Fame)". Of the 15, four were first-time finalists. He is the only five-time finalist among the group. The Bears knew they were getting a player who could transform their defense but initially weren't sure how to deploy him.

Dawkins, who now is a football operations executive for the Eagles, advanced to the final 10 last year in his first year of eligibility, but was eliminated in the 10-to-5 reduction vote.

"I'm glad I didn't have to vote for this class", Urlacher said. "There's no control right now". I love you back.

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