Dawkins lettered at Clemson from 1992-95 as a safety.
A second-round pick out of Clemson in 1996, Dawkins helped guide one of the most successful periods in franchise history. He was a seven-time first-team All-Pro, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Super Bowl champion and one-time Super Bowl MVP. Through seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Foley’s Julio Jones has averaged 95.3 receiving yards per game, the highest career figure of any National Football League player.
More passes defensed (120-51).
He tied a Clemson record with three interceptions against Duke in 1995. Lynch played in three. He was named National Defensive Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated for that performance against the Blue Devils.
In 147 games, Brazile also had 13 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries. It’s just a shame his career tallies in tackles and sacks were never recorded.
More forced fumbles (36-16).
Dawkins, who now is a football operations executive for the Eagles, advanced to the final 10 last year in his first year of eligibility, but was eliminated in the 10-to-5 reduction vote. Though that number is likely to be eclipsed by Larry Fitzgerald in 2018, it’s just one of a few numbers that shows how dominant Owens was. A four-time first team All-Pro, Moss caught 982 passes for 15,292 yards (15.2 yards per catch) and 156 touchdowns.
More All-Pro selections (4-2).
McDermott still remembers the feeling when he started coaching Dawkins, who is older than McDermott. Over the course of his 16-year National Football League career he had 1,131 tackles, 37 interceptions, 26 sacks, 120 pass deflections, 36 forced fumbles and 19 fumble recoveries in 224 career games (221 starts).
Right behind Moss for touchdowns (153) and just ahead of him in yards (15,934) is Owens, whose 1,078 receptions rank eighth all-time.
While the teams that Dawkins, Lewis, and Urlacher would be representing were no shock, Owens is in a 49ers uniform, while Moss is in Vikings garb. His career has already spoken for itself as one of the best ever by a wide receiver in the NFL.
Since he retired, there’s been much debate about whether Moss’ inconsistent effort on the field would cause him to wait for enshrinement. It [was] a blessing to be able to play for another organization that, to be honest with you, I feel loves me, and that’s what you really want as a player, somewhere you really feel appreciated.