There are eight new enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Headlined by wide receiver Randy Moss and linebacker Ray Lewis, those former players and executives were officially inducted Saturday night in Canton, Ohio.
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The highlights from the induction ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium:
Beathard is one of the most accomplished NFL executives of all time. He served as the general manager of the Redskins and Chargers from 1978 to 2000. His teams reached seven Super Bowls and took home the title five times.
“I want to thank all the great talented players on those teams who became great friends off the field as well,” Beathard said in a video during the ceremony. “I’m really grateful for this honor.”
Beathard’s grandson C.J. is a backup quarterback with the 49ers.
Brazile was selected by the Houston Oilers with the sixth pick in the 1975 NFL Draft and he made an immediate impact.
The linebacker was named the 1975 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and never slowed down. He was a Pro Bowl player for seven consecutive seasons (1976-82) and was named an NFL All-Pro six times.
Brazile, who retired in 1984, was a member of the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade team.
“All of my dreams came true,” Brazile said of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, “and after all these years, I’m at home.”
Dawkins was a first team All-Pro player five times and was named the Eagles’ defensive MVP five times, but he didn’t focus on his on-field accomplishments when he stepped to the podium Saturday.
Dawkins discussed his family, his battle with depression and his appreciation for his fans during his impassioned speech.
“Football was what I did, but it was not who I am,” Dawkins said. “I have grown leaps and bounds because of the things that I have gone through. . . . Don’t get caught up where you are, don’t stay where you are. Keep moving, keep pushing through.”
Jerry Kramer is finally a Hall of Famer.
Kramer, the former Packers offensive lineman who retired in 1968, was named a First-Team All-Pro five times and was a member of the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade Team. He was also the team’s kicker in 1962 and 1963.
Kramer discussed his time with the Packers and their legendary former coach, Vince Lombardi, during his acceptance speech.
“If he could believe in me, I could believe in me,” Kramer said about Lombardi.
Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was impressed with Kramer’s speech.
Wow, what a speech by Jerry Kramer! Would’ve loved to have been coached by Vince Lombardi and would’ve loved to have had Jerry Kramer as a teammate! @ProFootballHOF
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) August 5, 2018
Ray Lewis didn’t need the podium Saturday.
The 43-year-old former linebacker, who spent his entire 17-year NFL career with the Ravens, delivered his Hall of Fame induction speech with no notes. Instead, he used a wireless microphone and paced across the stage.
Lewis won two Super Bowls and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice with the Ravens. He focused his speech Saturday on the influence of family and the power of perseverance.
“Don’t give in and don’t ever give up,” Lewis said.
Moss was a star throughout his NFL career.
The wide receiver was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1998, led the league in receiving touchdowns five times and was a first-team All-Pro four times.
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But Moss, who played for the Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, 49ers and Titans during his 14 NFL seasons, said football did not define him as a person.
“Football is not who I am,” Moss said. “Football is what I do.”
He discussed Saturday the impact his family, friends and teammates had on his career.
“For all my teammates, coaches and equipment managers who are in attendance today, I want to thank you all,” Moss said. “Because it doesn’t take one of us. It takes all 11 of us. There is not one. It’s 11.”
Terrell Owens did not attend the enshrinement ceremony in Canton. He instead chose to have his own ceremony earlier in the day at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Brian Urlacher spent all 13 of his NFL seasons with the Bears.
Urlacher made eight Pro Bowls, won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005 and is a member of the NFL’s 2000s All Decade team.
He discussed the influence his late mother and other members of his family had on his career.
“My mother embodied the truth,” Urlacher said. “A champion does it differently.”
Urlacher added he loved “everything about football.”
“As I player I just want to be remembered as a good teammate,” Urlacher said. “I didn’t just compete to beat the other person, I competed to be my best. I just love competing, competition is in my DNA.
“Football did not define me, but it has clearly helped me to be a better man.”