Tomorrow is the big day – the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be announced, and we’re perched on the edge of our seats waiting in anticipation! There are currently 15 finalists and we’ve been diving into their careers to show just how they made the cut. Today, we’re looking at the last five finalists and it’s a good list.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Finalists
As the second-round draft pick in 1994, Mawae joined the Seattle Seahawks.
Mawae spent his two seasons as a right guard before switching to center. He exhibited incredible athleticism and was known to execute play at the highest of levels.
Mawae constantly opened key holes for running backs with assistance to a 1,000-yard rusher in 13 of his 16 pro seasons. He received eight Pro Bowl nods, was named first-team All-Pro six times, All-AFC five times, and selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
“You just got Mossed” is one of the most notable phrases in the NFL thanks to this nominee. Moss was drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998 and the rest is history.
Moss played 14 seasons in the NFL with the Vikings, Patriots, Raiders, Titians, and the 49ers where he smashed records left and right. In his first NFL game, Moss recorded four catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. That year he set the record for the most touchdown receptions by a rookie with 17 which lead to an AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
In 2007, Moss set the NFL single-season record for touchdown receptions in a season with 23 touchdowns. The New England Patriots become the only team to finish a regular season with perfect 16-0 record.
Moss caught 10 or more touchdown passes in nine seasons and had 10 seasons with 1,000 yards receiving. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Moss received first-team All-Pro honors four times and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s. He finished his career with 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns. His career receiving yards and career touchdowns ranked third and fourth respectively in the NFL record book at the time of his retirement.
Owens was drafted in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
He was dynamic and awe-inspiring receiver with great hands and a ability for making big plays. He set a then-record for catches in a single game with 20 receptions in 2000. With the 49ers, he caught 290 passes for 4,163 yards and 42 TDs. He set his career-highs with 1,451 yards in 2000 and 100 catches in 2002.
Owens ended his career with totals of 1,078 catches for 15,934 yards, 14.8 yards per catch and 153 TDs. The yardage total ranked second all-time and his touchdown reception total was third most in NFL history at the time of his retirement.
Owens led the 49ers in receptions five times and remains second in the 49ers’ record book in receptions (592), yards (8,572), and TDs (81).
Owens recorded 60 or more catches in all but three of his 16 seasons. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark nine times and had eight seasons with double-digit TD receptions.
Named All-Pro five times and an All-NFC choice four times, Owens was selected to six Pro Bowls. He was also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s.
Urlacher was drafted in 2000 in the first round by the Chicago Bear where he played his entire 13-year career.
Urlacher was named the AP’s Defensive Rookie of the Year after he recorded a career-high eight sacks and led the team in tackles. In 2005, he received Defensive Player of the Year and was the fifth player in NFL history to win both Defensive Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honors.
Urlacher became the first player in franchise history to have a 90-plus yard fumble return for a touchdown and an 80-plus yard interception returned for a score. He led the team in sacks in 2000, interceptions in 2007, and in tackles eight of his 13 seasons in the league.
An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Urlacher received first-team All-Pro honors five times and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
In his 182 career games, Urlacher had 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns as well as 90 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and 16 fumble recoveries. Additionally, he made 1,358 tackles, including 44 games with 10 or more tackles.
Walls was not selected in the 1981 NFL Draft despite leading the nation with 11 interceptions, the Dallas Cowboys signed him as a free agent.
Walls immediately made an impact in the preseason by intercepting three passes, recovering a fumble and scoring a TD on a blocked punt to earn a roster spot. He finished the year with a team-record and NFL-leading 11 interceptions to earn consensus All-Rookie and Pro Bowl honors.
In 1990, he signed as a free agent with the New York Giants and was vital to the team’s season-long march towards a victory in Super Bowl XXV. He started every game at left corner and led the club in interceptions with six for 80 yards and his only career TD return. He also led the team in passes defensed (17) and recorded 58 total tackles.
Walls tallied 57 quarterback takeaways during his 13-year career, which ranked eighth all-time at the time of his retirement. He was the first player in NFL history to lead the league in interceptions three times) and topped his team in interceptions seven times.
Voted to four Pro Bowls, Walls was named First-Team All-Pro three times and earned All-NFC recognition four times.
There you have it the last set of five nominees for the Class of 2018! While we wait to hear who’s made the class get your tickets for the Enshrinement Ceremony and activities in August. The weekend will be filled with football legends, fan parties, and so much more!