Urlacher grew up in Lovington, New Mexico, played at UNM and was drafted by the Bears where he played his entire career. "When you walk off the last time with that thing, that Lombardi, it's a confirmation I am living proof of the impossible".

"Tell me something can't be done is like pouring lighter fluid on an open flame", said Lewis, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a second Super Bowl for the 2012 season - coming back from a torn triceps - then retired.

"When I was in those depressive states, when I was thinking about suicide, it was because of your hand, your guidance, and your believing in me, helping me to go see somebody about the struggles that I was having, to allow me to be alive today. It has provided for my children and my family", Urlacher said, welling up and heaving a bit.

Urlacher added he loved "everything about football".


He also echoed a theme he addressed several times during the week.

"Because I did not get here by myself", he emphasized. "There will never be a ideal year, because I know there will always be plays I could have made". I was always called 'little this, little that, ' and I got exhausted of that crap. They're life values. In applying what I learned in football for the rest of my life I've discovered we all win.

The KARE 11 Sports Department is in Canton for the big night.

Like Dawkins and Lewis, he returned often to his faith and quoted the bible, but he also singled out not just the Vikings, but each of the other organizations he played for - the Raiders, Patriots, 49ers and Titans. He and Brazile had wet eyes Friday night when they got their gold jackets at a dinner.


After waiting more than 49 years to get in, longtime Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer did not disappoint, delivering a lengthy speech filled with stories and inspirational quotes.

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