Eagles fans, make your travel plans for Canton, Ohio! Respect has been earned.
On the eve of the Eagles' appearance in Super Bowl LII, safety Brian Dawkins and wide receiver Terrell Owens have been named members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. The ceremony will take place this August.
Dawkins is the 13th player in franchise history to be selected to both the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"This is tremendous news and I could not be more proud of Brian," Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said. "Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is an honor he truly earned. He epitomized everything we love about the game of football. His intensity, his passion, his love of the game, and his leadership were always dialed in at the highest possible level. He connected in every possible way with the City of Philadelphia and our legion of Eagles fans across the country. We cannot wait to celebrate his special night in Canton this summer.
"Terrell Owens is one of the most talented and exciting wide receivers ever to play the game and he is very deserving of this honor. We appreciate all of his contributions to the league and to one of the finest seasons in the history of our franchise."
Dawkins and Owens will be the first Eagles to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame since Claude Humphrey in 2014. The last longtime Eagle to be enshrined was the late Reggie White in 2006.
Now an executive in football operations for the Eagles, Dawkins was a physical and spiritual leader for 13 seasons with the team. He was a Pro Bowl selection seven times, tied for second most in franchise history. Dawkins finished as the team's all-time leader in games played (183) - since surpassed by David Akers - and tied for first in interceptions (34) by the end of his playing tenure with the Eagles in 2008.
"The numbers alone make a strong case for Dawkins as a Hall of Famer, but his impact goes far beyond that," said Ray Didinger, a former member of the Hall of Fame's Board of Selectors. "I would contend Dawkins changed the safety position in today's NFL."
A second-round pick out of Clemson in 1996, Dawkins helped guide one of the most successful periods in franchise history. The team made the playoffs eight times, won five division titles, earned four trips to the NFC Championship Game, and reached the Super Bowl for only the second time thanks in large part to Dawkins. He is just the ninth pure safety to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Owens spent just two of his 15 NFL seasons in Philadelphia, but was an instrumental part of the team that won the NFC title in 2004. In just 21 regular-season games with the Eagles, Owens had 124 catches for 1,963 yards and 20 touchdowns. Owens' 14 receiving touchdowns in 2004 set a new franchise mark. He had seven 100-yard receiving games that season, also a team record, on his way to achieving Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. Seven weeks after suffering a broken leg late in the regular season, Owens played in Super Bowl XXXIX and caught nine passes for 122 yards.
Owens was one of the most dominant playmakers of his time. He is second all time in NFL history in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns, and eighth in catches.