This Thursday evening, the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens will square off in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. But the real excitement will take place on Friday and Saturday nights when the Hall welcomes eight more members to its fraternity.
The Class of 2018 includes general manager Bobby Beathard, hard-hitting safety Brian Dawkins, outside linebacker Robert Brazile (who played for the Houston Oilers), longtime Green Bay Packers’ guard Jerry Kramer, former Ravens’ middle linebacker Ray Lewis, prolific wide receiver Randy Moss, controversial wideout Terrell Owens and former Bears’ middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.
On Friday evening, these gentlemen are slated to receive their gold jackets. The next evening, there are the speeches and the opportunity to thank the fans but these men’s families and others vital to their success. It is a very special time for these former players and in the case of Beathard, a contributor to the league.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural class came back in 1963 and was made up of 17 individuals. With this year’s additions, the membership has now swelled to 318. Of course, it is also worth noting that wide receiver Terrell Owens has decided to skip the ceremonies this weekend for his own personal reasons.
For those who never had the opportunity to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame for these enshrinements ceremonies, it is indeed a worthwhile trip to make. And you can bet there will be plenty of tears this weekend as these new inductees will not only be immortalized, they will get the opportunity to meet many of their own heroes and idols.
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