Senior Bowl officials announced on Tuesday that two of the NFL's biggest current stars – linebacker Brian Urlacher, the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kevin Mawae – will make up the 2008 class of inductees into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, sponsored by Regions Bank and Mobile Gas.
In addition to the two-member 2008 class, game officials also announced that the NFL stars would be formally inducted during a reception at The Country Club of Mobile on Friday, January 25.
Both inductees will also be introduced to the crowd during pre-game ceremonies prior to the 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl game set for Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 26.
"When you consider that our Hall of Fame represents just the top two percent of the over 4,000 outstanding collegiate and NFL stars who have played in the Senior Bowl since 1950, it puts into perspective just how special this group really is," said Senior Bowl President Steve Hale. "We have an outstanding pair of inductees this year in Brian and Kevin, two of the biggest stars in the NFL today."
Established in 1988, the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, sponsored by Regions Bank and Mobile Gas, seeks to pay tribute to the many former Senior Bowl players, coaches and administrators who have made lasting contributions to the game of football.
A total of 89 of the most recognizable names in football history have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception, and the list includes players such as Joe Namath, Walter Payton, Sam Huff, Bo Jackson, Dan Marino and Brett Favre, just to name a few.
LB Brian Urlacher
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Urlacher, the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Chicago Bears linebacker, has been one of the game's premier defensive players since entering the NFL eight seasons ago.
Urlacher brought his unique talents to the 2000 Senior Bowl following an All-American career at the University of New Mexico where he played safety, wide receiver and also returned kickoffs and punts. After playing linebacker for the first time in his career during Senior Bowl Week 2000, he became the ninth overall selection in the first-round of the NFL Draft by the Bears.
He has now been selected to six NFL Pro Bowl squads in eight seasons, while registering 965 career tackles, the most ever for a Bears player in his first eight years.
Named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000, he was also the Bears' first rookie Pro Bowler since 1990. During the 2006 season, he recorded 185 total tackles and helped lead the Bears to an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.