Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Breaking down who’s in, who’s out

On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was announced, with Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Terrell Owens, Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer getting the nod. Elliot Harrison breaks down the latest crop of legends headed to Canton below:

1) The Terrell Owens debate is settled

We can say goodbye to the rancor and consternation over Terrell Owens not being on the Canton guest list. Most sports Hall of Fame discussions not involving Barry Bonds over the last couple of years have been T.O.-centric. That is largely because of his dominance on the field and the numbers he boasted in an era during which fantasy football exploded. That said, I spoke with several voters who didn’t vote for him in his previous two years as a finalist, including a couple who weren’t planning to change their minds this time — that’s why I didn’t predict Owens getting in this year.

The main reason to argue against his induction was the “team cancer” argument, with five teams supposedly being more than happy to see Owens leave town over the course of his career. While I see the spirit of that point, facts don’t

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