Pro Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame (Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2018 Hall of Fame Class is not short on big names. Even as the Hall of Fame, by definition, is home to the biggest of big names, the 2018 class feels especially big. And usually, the Hall of Fame game that coincides features teams that the incoming group of legends has played for. The 2018 Hall of Fame game will be no exception.

Players that will be enshrined in 2018 includes Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Ray Lewis, and Brian Urlacher. The last two being superstar linebackers that both only played for one team throughout the entirety of their careers. That, in itself, is a bit of an amazing feat these days. Thus, the natural selections in deciding the participants for the 2018 Hall of Fame game are the Baltimore Ravens (Lewis’ former team) against the Chicago Bears (Urlacher’s old squad).

Lewis spent 17 seasons with the Ravens. He won two Super Bowls while in Baltimore and was not short on individual awards, either. Among other accolades, he was twice named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and one-time Super Bowl MVP.

Urlacher played 13 seasons for the Bears. He was the 2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, adding numerous other awards over the breadth of his career.

Baltimore will be participating in the Hall of Fame game for the very first time. Currently, they are the only NFL team that has not played in the season’s opening game. The Bears, on the other hand, will be playing in it for the fifth time. That matches Washington as the only teams to play in the game five times and trails only Dallas and Pittsburgh – who have six appearances apiece – for most times playing in the Hall of Fame game in NFL history, as insignificant a record as it may be.


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