The many Eagles fans in attendance started getting rowdy with Dawkins chants about three seconds after Urlacher’s speech ended. The four-time All-Pro safety was introduced by his former teammate in the Philadelphia secondary, Troy Vincent.
The first of the modern-era selections to get inducted Saturday night was Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker who finished his career with the most tackles in Bears history. Introducing him was his long-time linebackers coach and defensive coordinator Bob Babich.
While Urlacher has grown a head of hair since retirement, his bust is fittingly bald:
Urlacher was emotional for parts of his 19-minute speech, particularly when he spoke of the impact his mother and stepfather had on his life.
Urlacher also spoke to his family individually, telling one of his daughters that she’s “the most lit person” he knows. What a dad.
He drew cheers from the many Bears faithful that made the trip when he singled out his former Chicago teammates in the crowd one at a time, and thanked fans for their support through the years.
Fifty years after his last season in the NFL, the 13th member of Vince Lombardi’s Packers enters the Hall of Fame with Kramer’s induction. He was introduced by his daughter, Alicia Kramer.
Kramer’s speech was an entertaining 18 minutes of stories about his football life. Among the highlights were his “Where the hell is Green Bay?” reaction to being drafted by the Packers, his attempt to hardball negotiate with the team for an $8,000 contract and $250 signing bonus, and getting coached up by the great Vince Lombardi.
It was about as fun as Hall of Fame speeches get.
Wow, what a speech by Jerry Kramer! Would’ve loved to have been coached by Vince Lombardi and would’ve loved to have had Jerry Kramer as a teammate! @ProFootballHOF
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) August 5, 2018
Jerry Kramer’s speech has been Gold.
— PCreight (@PCreighton1) August 5, 2018
Jerry Kramer is absolutely knocking this speech out of the park.
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) August 5, 2018
Second on the docket was a four-time Super Bowl winning NFL executive. Beathard was introduced by former Washington head coach Joe Gibbs, who won two Super Bowls with the new Hall of Famer as his team’s general manager.
In lieu of a speech in Canton, Beathard’s speech came in a pre-recorded video that was even shorter than Brazile’s abbreviated speech. Beathard, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, used his time to thank the coaches and players he worked with, as well as his family.
Up first was the long-time Houston Oilers linebacker and five-time All-Pro, introduced by his father Robert Brazile, Sr.:
Brazile’s speech came in at about eight minutes, 30 seconds and was mostly used to express gratitude to his family, teammates, Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, Houston Chronicle writer John McClain, and the many others who paved his way to Canton.
Yes! That’s the way you do it, Robert Brazile! What a speech.
— Seth Payne (@PayneNFL) August 4, 2018
Terrell Owens did his own thing earlier
Before the official enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Owens spurned the Pro Football Hall of Fame and gave an acceptance speech at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.
Before the ceremony
Eight former NFL stars will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. The ceremony will take place at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
This year’s Hall of Fame class will feature Terrell Owens, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Randy Moss, Jerry Kramer, Brian Dawkins, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard. Owens, who has the third-most touchdown receptions in NFL history, will not be attending the induction ceremony after it took voters three years to select him.
Owens will be the first living player to not attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. He will instead deliver a Hall of Fame speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, on Saturday night.
The official ceremony will start at 7 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN and the NFL Network. The Hall of Fame ceremony can be streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN App.
NFL Hall of Fame ceremony: Time, TV schedule/live stream
Date: Aug. 4, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio
TV: ESPN and NFL Network