Safety Brian Dawkins, who played 13 of his 16 years in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles, also was elected by the 47 Hall of Fame voters as part of the eight-person class that included contributor Bobby Beathard and senior nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.
It means that all five finalists received at least 80 percent of the votes from the 47-member selection committee.
Owens hinted at getting elected on social media before the announcement was made official Saturday evening at the NFL Honors show in Minneapolis ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl. The Enshrinement Ceremony takes place at the spectacular Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN.
Most NFL fans probably remember Owens as a once-in-a-lifetime entertainer. Those sentiments softened this year, apparently. With Palmer and Chad Johnson urging a signing, Owens reported the night training camp opened at Georgetown College. He noticeably was absent from NFL Honors on Saturday, opting instead, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, to play basketball in Los Angeles.
Those three could be first-ballot Hall of Famers, which would leave open only two modern-era spots for a pool that figures to again include Law, Hutchinson, Boselli, Mawae, Faneca, Isaac Bruce, Edgerrin James and John Lynch. He played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills during his well-traveled, 16-year career.
Moss ranks second in National Football League history in career touchdown receptions with 156.
He stayed out of trouble off the field and competed hard on the field.
The former Patriots wide receiver spent four seasons in New England.
But at their best, there were few players ever able to strike fear in defenses as much as Moss and Owens, who were both all-decade selections for the 2000s.
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Moss was traded back to Minnesota early in the 2010 season.
For the record, Owens is No. 2 all time in receiving yardage (15,934), while Moss is No. 4 (15,292). He's 15th in catches. Certainly, all five of those players are more than deserving of joining the ranks of the Hall of Fame for their performances on the field.
Lewis was named to the Pro Bowl 13 times and was a seven-time first-team All-Pro.
He appeared in 182 regular-season games and recorded 1,353 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries and 12 forced fumbles.
But Lewis' career was not without controversy.
Lewis was originally charged with murder and aggravated assault, but he later pleaded to obstruction of justice and served a one-year probation. His stats never held him back. He won a defensive rookie of the year award and in 2005 was named defensive player of the year. None of the other 14 players has been a finalist on more than three occasions.
"Here in Denver, Brian made multiple Pro Bowls as an inspirational leader for our team and a standout in the community". They will be joined by Jerry Kramer, a guard in the 1950s and 1960s, Robert Brazile, a linebacker who played from 1975 to 1984, and GM Bobby Beathard. He was a finalist for the third time.More news: Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ) Stake Increased by Koshinski Asset Management Inc
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