“When they knocked on my door, all of my dreams came true. And after all these years, I’m at home.”

Robert Brazile, linebacker (1975-1984)


“I am really grateful for this honor.”

Bobby Beathard, executive (1966-1988, 1990-99), whose speech was delivered by video


“Coach [Vince] Lombardi arrived and the world turned around. It was an incredible experience to be with him and have him bring you along. Approval and belief: powerful, powerful tools.”

Jerry Kramer, guard (1958-1968)


“The most coveted position for a defensive player to play is middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Just think about it. I hope over my 13 seasons I made you Bears fans proud.”

Brian Urlacher, linebacker (2000-2012)


“The majority of success I have had has come on the back end of pain. On the other side of it, all of a sudden I became better. There’s a purpose for my pain.”

Brian Dawkins, safety (1996-2011)


“When you walk off the last time with that thing, that Lombardi, it’s a confirmation I am living proof of the impossible.”

Ray Lewis, linebacker (1996-2012)


“A lot of people say that I may regret not being in Canton 10, 15, 20 years from now. But just like my choice to be here today, I choose not to live in regret.”

Terrell Owens*, wide receiver (1996-2003)

* Did not attend the ceremony



Brazile: Robert Brazile Sr., father; Beathard: Joe Gibbs, Hall of Fame coach; Kramer: Alicia Kramer, daughter; Urlacher: Bob Babich, former Bears assistant; Dawkins: Troy Vincent, friend and former teammate; Lewis: Diaymon Lewis, daughter; Owens: George Stewart, former 49ers receivers coach