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Brian Dawkins inducted into NFL Hall of Fame — Twitter reacts

05 August 2018

It was never about him.

Another first-year nominee, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Moss brought the flawless combination of height, speed, soft hands and agility to Minnesota as the 21st overall draft pick in 1998 after a rocky college career. A humble superstar, he insisted on sharing the spotlight rather than basking in it alone.

Urlacher grew up in Lovington, New Mexico, played at UNM and was drafted by the Bears where he played his entire career.

Dawkins gave the speech everything he had.

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Moss was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Saturday night.

"I will leave a legacy that will leave an imprint on this world forever, " he said, via ESPN. As a result, the Bears started introducing the linebackers as a group. "I was not the biggest of guys growing up", he said. "For all my teammates that I just talked about ... man, stand up".

After acknowledging his other coaches, Dawkins turned to his parents, his four children, and his wife, Connie.

One of the hardest-hitting and most versatile safeties in National Football League history, Dawkins stared at his bust and nodded his approval to the crowd. I have grown leaps and bounds because of the things I have gone through and that's one of those things that I went through, and when I say went through, that means I came out the other side of it. "It wasn't merely about the conquest, it was about the challenge", said Urlacher. "But I love me more". Two pillars of my life are family and football. I was a football player.

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Urlacher's eyes welled up with tears when he spoke about his mother, Lavoyda Lenard, who passed away in 2011. "Not to worry, though". Not once did she miss a practice, miss a game or any school function.

"Even when we stunk, they sat in their seats in Soldier Field freezing their butts off every time", Urlacher said. "Please know that you all are in my heart". You do have hope. An eight-time All-Pro and inside linebacker on the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, he had a franchise-record 2,643 career tackles. He said he didn't regret one day with any of those clubs. "He saw greatness in me that I did not see". "You prayed for me, you were there for me, you would not let me settle, and for that, I want to present something to you today". That was my job, but that's not who I am. I feel like I played it the right way.

"It's not because of how many times it took for me to be voted to the hall", said Owens, who got in on his third try - the same as Joe Namath, for example.

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Brian Dawkins inducted into NFL Hall of Fame — Twitter reacts