Randy Moss with the Raiders

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"I came back, and boy did I come back", Lewis said. He served as the general manager of the Redskins and Chargers from 1978 to 2000.

The 43-year-old former linebacker, who spent his entire 17-year National Football League career with the Ravens, delivered his Hall of Fame induction speech with no notes.

Among his supporters in the crowd was San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard, whom 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan made sure to excuse from training camp so he could be in attendance.

According to his dad who presented him for induction, Brazile's idol was Dick Butkus, and Brazile was careful to mention early on in his acceptance speech his college teammate and fellow first-round pick in 1975 was Walter Payton.

"Tell me something can't be done is like pouring lighter fluid on an open flame", said Lewis, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a second Super Bowl for the 2012 season - coming back from a torn triceps - then retired.

"For them to show up.it was heart-warming", he said. "Being able to work two or three jobs to provide for us, you took care of us".

"If he could believe in me, I could believe in me", Kramer said about Lombardi.

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Dawkins, a nine-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro who also spent three years with the Denver Broncos, discussed his history of depression and how he overcame suicidal thoughts after his career.

"Football is not who I am", Moss said. I was a football player. "Just know how much I respected the game".

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. There is not one.

Owens did not attend the events in Canton, so he was not honored on stage.

It's all starting to feel real for Brian Urlacher.

Urlacher was the ultimate team player, selfless in his defensive calls, selfless in his discipline, selfless in the way he helped others prepare.

Urlacher added he loved "everything about football". "It has provided for my children and my family", Urlacher said, welling up and heaving a bit. "But just like my choice to be here today, I choose not to live in regret". He would not let me settle for good.

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