Former UNM Lobo Brian Urlacher has been announced into the ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
One of the greatest defensive players in NFL and HBCU football history received football's highest honor Saturday.
Finishing his career with a total of 778 tackles, 26 sacks, 37 interceptions, 36 forced fumbles and scored three touchdowns, Dawkins revolutionized how the safety position was utilized during the modern era as he was just as feared in coverage as he was in the box against the run or rushing the passer.
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Urlacher had also graciously allowed members of the Bears digital media team inside his room, and he opened an exclusive on-camera interview by sharing his thoughts about the news.
The "Snake" was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame two years ago, but died before it happened. The others are middle linebacker Ray Lewis, receivers Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, safety Brian Dawkins, senior finalists Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile, and contributor finalist Bobby Beathard.More news: Trump prepared to move on Middle East peace plan without Palestinians
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Named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s, Urlacher was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and was first team All-Pro five times.
"I'm excited", Urlacher said.
"They don't give this fanbase the benefit of the doubt".
Brian Urlacher had a tremendous career in Chicago, spending it with the Bears from day one through the end of his career. The home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 39-year-old linebacker was elected to the hall of fame in his first year of eligibility.
Urlacher spent years at the top of anyone who watched the NFL's "I would not like to get hit by that guy" list. He immediately made an impact and had a late-career renaissance with the Broncos, earning a second-team All-Pro selection and a Pro Bowl nod for his 2009 performance.