Urlacher first former Lobo elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Brian Urlacher

Urlacher voted into the Pro Football HOF

He quickly made his mark in his first season, winning NFL Rookie of the Year honors in 2000 while being selected to eight Pro Bowls - the third most by a Bears player - and winning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2005.

Urlacher, a top-10, first-round pick in 2000, played all 13 of his National Football League seasons with the Bears, helping the team earn a berth in Super Bowl XLI.

The 39-year-old becomes the first ever Lobo to make it into the pro football Hall of Fame, and just the 28th Chicago Bear to make it to the Hall.

But Lynch's contributions to outstanding defenses with two teams were not enough to push him over the goal line and into the Hall of Fame this year.

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Randy Moss was a first round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1998, and played for 5 teams during his 13-year career. And I think we had more Pro Bowlers and Hall of Famers on that team.

Lewis was a 13-time Pro Bowler, made 7 All-Pro Teams, was named Defensive Player of the Year twice and won 2 Super Bowls. He retired from the Chicago Bears after playing 13 seasons with the team.

Easley and Dawkins give the Hall safeties in consecutive years for the first time since 1978-79, when Larry Wilson of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Lions' Yale Lary - who was also a punter - were a part of successive classes.

Longtime Philadelphia Eagle Dawkins, another certain eventual choice, is a six-time All-Pro safety that went to nine Pro Bowls. Former Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer, Houston Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile and longtime executive Bobby Beathard will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio in August.

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