"I came back, and boy did I come back", Lewis said.
Urlacher encouraged players fighting for a roster spot to make their preseason reps count and joked that he had invited the team out to his party Thursday night, an invitation declined by Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace. "That's my Hall of Fame wife right there", Dawkins said.
Beathard's grandson C.J.is a backup quarterback with the 49ers.
"I had a front-row seat for 10 years watching this guy piss people off by making them fumble when all they worked on all week was not fumbling", Urlacher said. 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. "Because it doesn't take one of us".
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. "I want to thank you for opening the door and not being scared to reach out", Moss said.
Moss paid homage to Green, who likely who have presented the Vikings Ring of Honor member at his induction ceremony. "Football is what I do".
Dawkins' friend and Clemson teammate Patrick Sapp said Dawkins used to wake in the middle of the night to eat meals like peanut butter sandwiches and spaghetti to try to get bigger. There is not one.More news: LeBron James'I PROMISE School opens in Akron
"There's been a lot of speculation and false reports as to why I chose not to be there, " Owens said of the Canton, Ohio-based Hall.
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.
He discussed the influence his late mother and other members of his family had on his career. "She was always there for us and she made sure we knew that", said Urlacher. "A champion does it differently".
After Urlacher, it was Dawkins', Moss' and Lewis' turns on the stage and the induction ceremony became part football and part revival.
"I competed to be the best. But I love me more".
"The men I played with are my brothers. It has provided for my children and my family", Urlacher said, welling up and heaving a bit.