Former Clemson defensive back Brian Dawkins was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame Saturday night. He averaged almost 100 tackles a year and spotlighted his versatility as the first player in National Football League history to get a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown catch (on a screen pass) in a game, against Houston in 2002.
But more than the support he got on the football field, Dawkins acknowledged the support he got off it, and encouraged others who may be struggling.
Moss set numerous individual records during his career, including catching a rookie-record 17 touchdowns in 1998, a mark that still stands today.
"I want to thank you for being a friend when it wasn't always about football", Moss said to Belichick, who was looking on from off-stage.
The down-to-earth guy in the gold jacket held it together during the rest of a heartfelt address devoted to thanking Urlacher's family and former teammates and coaches, perhaps the finest 19 minutes Chicago has seen from Urlacher on the occasion he became a football immortal. "I'm really grateful for this honor". I have grown leaps and bounds because of the things that I've gone through, and that's one of the things that I went through. "I never would've imagined I would be standing here tonight", said Urlacher.
He also heaped praise on the current Vikings team that has lofty expectations.
"I love you, too, " Owens said.
"I'm proud of who I am, " Owens said. "Because it doesn't take one of us". There is not one.
"Many of you are probably wondering why we're here instead of Canton", Owens said, via CBS Sports.
While speaking to the crowded McKenzie Arena at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Owens wanted to address a "flawed" voting system.
Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis were both first-ballot choices at middle linebacker to be enshrined Saturday night.
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.
Urlacher added he loved "everything about football". "I didn't just compete to beat the other person, I competed to be my best. But I love me more". "It has provided for my children and my family", Urlacher said, welling up and heaving a bit. Owens also received a standing ovation when he told the crowd, "I'm a man of courage, courageous enough to choose Chattanooga over Canton".