Randy Moss with the Raiders

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In fact, he will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday on the first ballot, becoming one of only six wideouts to accomplish that feat.

"I want to thank all the true Minnesota Vikings fans for being able to stick with me through thick and thin, ups and downs, bumpy roads", Moss added.

Dawkins credited his wife, Connie, with saving his life, and he had a special gift planned for her. And upon arrival here in town, you quickly realize all arrows and signs point to the mecca of professional football, especially for anyone who's ever played or worked around the game. "She was always there for us and she made sure we knew that", said Urlacher. "Please know that you all are in my heart".

"I wasn't really too pleased about it, " Owens said of the Hall of Fame's initial reaction regarding the jacket.

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But Moss, who played for the Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, 49ers and Titans during his 14 NFL seasons, said football did not define him as a person.

"If he could believe in me, I could believe in me", Kramer said about Lombardi. You challenged me every day to go out there to be great. "But just like my choice to be here today, I choose not to live in regret".

In a press conference after his induction, Owens said that going to Canton would have just been uncomfortable for him, "I'm not going to do a dog-and-pony show and smile at the people's faces and be fake", Owens said. Who will answer that knock on the door in the middle of the night?

Dawkins also delivered a powerful speech and, as he promised, cried during it. He made five All-Pro squads, the NFL's 50th Anniversary Team, NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s and the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team.

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Dawkins' speech bordered on dark in several spots as he was very open about his battles with depression, but he brought it home with grace in professing his confidence in a brighter tomorrow.

A contributor's committee nominee, Beathard worked for the Chiefs, Falcons, Dolphins, Redskins and Chargers. T.O.'s mom was actually the one who gave him his gold jacket following his speech.

Moss closed his speech with a statement to his mother that he considers them both of Hall of Famers. Don't get caught up where you are, don't stay where you are.

"I wanted to take a stand so the next guy coming after me will not have to go through what I and others have gone through, " Owens said.

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