Randy Moss elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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MINNEAPOLIS (KARE 11) -- Former Vikings receiver Randy Moss has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also elected were hard-hitting linebackers Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears.

Controversial receiver Terrell Owens, who spent most of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, got in on his third time on the ballot.

Moss did not have to wait to join the Hall of Fame, becoming the first wide receiver to get in on the first ballot since Jerry Rice.

His election comes in Minneapolis, where he was a first-round pick by the Vikings in 1998.

He also played for the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and, briefly, for the Tennessee Titans before ending his career with the San Francisco 49ers, for whom he played in Super Bowl XLVII against Lewis’ Ravens.

He was a four-time first-team All-Pro and holds the NFL’s single-season record for receiving touchdowns with 23.

He ranks second all time in receiving touchdowns (152), fourth in receiving yards (15,292) and 15th in total receptions (982).

Moss will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, as the Vikings' 14th member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Safety Brian Dawkins, who played 13 of his 16 years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, also was elected by the 47 Hall of Fame voters as part of the eight-person class that included contributor Bobby Beathard and senior nominees Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.