It started early Saturday when Urlacher wore a white No. 34 Walter Payton jersey during the Hall of Fame parade, paying homage to the late, great Bears running back. And with his heart on his sleeve, he shared all the pain that he overcame in his personal life.
Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens delivered an emotional, 40-minute speech at his former college, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, during which he reiterated why he skipped this weekend's Hall of Fame ceremonies and acknowledged Jerry Rice, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as athletic inspirations.
It was never about him, not even after the star middle linebacker was named the NFL's defensive rookie of the year in 2000 and the league's defensive player of the year in 2005. Like most of us, Owens also admired Bryant's unmatched work ethic and undying devotion to his craft. During his speech, Owens didn't waste any time talking about the snub.
Terrell Owens had almost everyone in McKenzie Arena standing by the end of his Hall of Fame speech.
Owens cleared up rumors that he skipped his ceremony in Canton because of voting results, stating that this clearly wasn't the case.
"I love you, too, " Owens said. That after he helped the Eagles get to Super Bowl XXXIX the year before.
Near the end of his speech, Owens asked anyone who had ever felt isolated, misunderstood or bullied to stand up. "When you walk off the last time with that thing, that Lombardi, it's a confirmation I am living proof of the impossible".
No one was more surprised to be selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1998 NFL Draft than Randy Moss.
But his most powerful tribute went to his mother, whom he credited for showing him what a hard work ethic was growing up. "It speaks volumes to the type of person that he is, even though other people may think other of him".
Lewis was inducted in Canton, Ohio, Saturday in his first year of eligibility.
Missing the Hall of Fame's other seven inductees and all the pageantry of Canton was no loss for Davis.