After being spurned twice, Terrell Owens’ Hall of Fame wait is over.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Saturday that Owens and fellow star wideout Randy Moss were both part of the eight-member class elected to the hall by 46 selectors during an eight-hour meeting earlier in the day.
Owens, who is second all-time in receiving yards and third all-time in receiving touchdowns, finally made it in his third straight year as a finalist and third year of eligibility.
Owens is joined by Moss and linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, who all made it in their first year of eligibility. Safety Brian Dawkins also made it Saturday in only his second year of eligibility, while guard Jerry Kramer and linebacker Robert Brazile — both of whom were senior nominees — and general manager Bobby Beathard (who made it as a contributor) round out this year’s class.
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Beathard began his front office career as a part-time scout with the Chiefs in 1963. After a short stint scouting for the American Football League, Beathard returned to the Chiefs in 1966 and won an AFL Championship with the club that year.
Beathard also spent the 1967 season with the Chiefs before joining the Falcons as a scout in 1968. He eventually went on to win two Super Bowls as Washington’s general manager from 1978 to 1989 and reached another Super Bowl as general manager of the Chargers from 1990 to 2000.
Another finalist this year who spent some time with the Chiefs was cornerback Ty Law, who played for the team from 2006 to 2007. Law, however, did not make the cut.
2017 PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS
BOBBY BEATHARD, general manager
Teams: Kansas City (1963, 1966-1967), Atlanta (1968-1971), Miami (1972-1977), Washington (1978-1989), San Diego (1990-2000)
Bio: Former Chiefs and Falcons scout who went on to become the Dolphins’ director of player personnel before building a juggernaut Washington team in the 1980s that two four Super Bowls. Beathard also built the 1994 Chargers, who won the AFC championship. During his tenure as a general manager, Beathard drafted Hall of Famers such as Darrell Green, Ark Monk and Russ Grimm. He was also responsible for finding such Pro Bowlers as Gary Clark, Joe Jacoby, Dexter Manley and Charles Mann.
ROBERT BRAZILE, linebacker
Teams: Houston (1975-1984)
Bio: Senior candidate and former No. 6 overall pick who went to seven Pro Bowls. Was also selected a first-team All-Pro five times and second-team All-Pro once. Defensive rookie of the year who was also chosen to the all-decade team for the 1970s. Final tackle stats aren’t available, but he finished his career with 13 interceptions and 14 forced fumbles in 147 games.
JERRY KRAMER, guard
Teams: Green Bay (1958-1968)
Bio: Former fourth-round pick who won two Super Bowls and five NFL championships with Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay dynasty. Went to three Pro Bowls, was chosen first-team All-Pro five times and second-team All-Pro once. Member of the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1960s.
BRIAN DAWKINS, safety
Teams: Philadelphia (1996-2008), Denver (2009-2011)
Bio: Former second-round pick of the Eagles who went to nine Pro Bowls and was selected first-team All-Pro five teams and second-team All-Pro once. Member of the all-decade first team for the 2000s. Finished with 778 career tackles, 37 interceptions, 36 forced fumbles and 26 sacks. Won the NFC Championship in 2005 with the Philadelphia Eagles.
RAY LEWIS, inside linebacker
Team: Baltimore (1996-2012)
Bio: First-ballot Hall of Famer who was the No. 26 overall pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. Two-time Super Bowl champion and one-time Super Bowl MVP. Thirteen-time Pro Bowler and seven-time first-team All-Pro player. Two-time NFL defensive player of the year (2000, 2003). Member of the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2000s. Finished his career with 2,061 tackles, 67 pass deflections, 41 1/2 sacks, 31 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles in 228 games.
RANDY MOSS, receiver
Teams: Minnesota (1998-2004), Oakland (2005-2006), New England (2007-2010), Minnesota (2010), Tennessee (2010), San Francisco (2012)
Bio: Former No. 21 overall pick of the Vikings who went to six Pro Bowls and was chosen first-team All-Pro four times. Offensive rookie of the year in 1998. Member of the all-decade first team for the 2000s. Five-time leader in receiving touchdowns, he finished 15th all-time in receptions (982), fourth in receiving yards (15,292) and second in receiving touchdowns (156). Also holds NFL records for most receiving touchdowns in a season (23) and most receiving touchdowns in a season for a rookie (17). Won an AFC Championship with the New England Patriots in 2007.
TERRELL OWENS, receiver
Teams: San Francisco (1996-2003), Philadelphia (2004-2005), Dallas (2006-2008), Buffalo (2009), Cincinnati (2010), Seattle (2012)
Bio: Former third-round pick of the 49ers who went to six Pro Bowls and was selected first-team All-Pro five times. Member of the all-decade second team for the 2000s. Three-time leader in receiving touchdowns, he finished eighth all-time in receptions (1,078), second in receiving yards (15,934) and third in receiving touchdowns (153). Won an NFC Championship with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005.
BRIAN URLACHER, linebacker
Teams: Chicago (2000-2012)
Bio: Former No. 9 overall pick of the Bears who went to eight Pro Bowls and was chosen first-team All-Pro four times. Was also second-team All-Pro once. Defensive player of the year in 2005. Defensive rookie of the year in 2000. Member of the all-decade first team for the 2000s. Won an NFC Championship with the Bears in 2006. Finished with 1,353 career tackles and also recorded 41 1/2 sacks and 22 interceptions.