Ray Lewis elected to Hall of Fame on first ballot


Former Vikings receiver Randy Moss has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Tonight, he and Lynch will seek the first and highest honor: election to the Hall of Fame.

Owens' candidacy had been a hot-button topic of conversation since he first became eligible in 2016, as nobody could have doubted he would eventually get in, but the perception was that he was being punished for his laundry list of off-the-field and locker-room peccadillos that voters are not supposed to weigh but inevitably do. Before heading to the NFL, Lewis was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Hurricanes from 1993-95.

Moss joins Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins and former linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher in being elected into the NFL Hall of Fame.

The 2018 class will officially be inducted in Canton on August 4.

Longtime Philadelphia Eagle Dawkins, another certain eventual choice, is a six-time All-Pro safety that went to nine Pro Bowls.

The first time he heard a knock Saturday? He was selected to seven Pro Bowls and held the team record with 147 consecutive games played.

Dawkins' Eagles will look to win the team's first Super Bowl championship Sunday against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Still, there are some players who should be no-brainer locks for the Hall, yet inexplicably haven't received their golden jacket yet.

Urlacher played his entire 13-year National Football League career with the Bears after being selected with the ninth pick in the 2000 draft out of New Mexico. He was twice named AP defensive player of the year and won two Super Bowls, earning MVP honors in Super Bowl XXXV.

Resume: Middle linebacker, 2000-2012, Chicago Bears. He was equally adept at stuffing the run, rushing the passer and covering running backs, tight ends and receivers. He finished his 14-year career, that included six Pro Bowl selections, with 982 receptions (15th all-time) for 15,292 yards (fourth) and 156 touchdowns (second).

Owens caught 235 balls for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in Dallas.