Terrell Owens was not among the new Hall of Famers standing on the stage at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Memorial Auditorium.
The former NFL wide receiver was in Minneapolis this week, but left before Saturday’s announcement because he had committed to play in a basketball game in Los Angeles.
Dawkins was a teammate of Owens on the 2004 Eagles team that reached the Super Bowl. Owens had been critical of the Hall of Fame voting process, but Dawkins hopes Owens can let go of the grudge.
“I’m happy for him, I really am,” Dawkins told reporters Saturday, via Yahoo. “I hope he can take this and just enjoy it, and I guess call off the dogs a little bit.”
McDaniels was elevated to be Belichick’s quarterbacks coach in 2004, getting the chance to work directly with Brady while only a year older than him. By 2006, he was the team’s offensive coordinator for the first time before getting his first head-coaching shot with the Broncos.
That was also the time Belichick hired Patricia, fresh off being a graduate assistant at Syracuse, to be an offensive assistant. Two years later, Patricia flipped to defense to coach the Patriots’ linebackers, and eight years later, he was promoted to defensive coordinator, right when McDaniels returned as offensive coordinator.
The prestigious award honors NFL players who have shown not just excellence on the field, but have been leaders in volunteer and charity work.
Watt, who has missed most of the past two seasons to injuries, is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the Texans. He has long been active in charitable causes and stepped up big in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston. He began a fund-raising campaign with a goal of $200,000, which he matched the first $100,000. The campaign quickly went viral and Watt was overwhelmed by the donations that kept flooding in.
In addition to the hurricane-relief efforts, his Justin J. Watt Foundation, founded in 2010, has provided more than $3.4 million in funding for youth sports.
“We have long been proud and appreciative of J.J.’s passion and authentic care for others as he has consistently given back to the community, created memories for all ages and positively impacted lives around the world,” Texans founder Bob McNair said last month. “J.J. is one of the most selfless, giving and inspiring young men in the NFL and we are proud he is a Houston Texan.”