PHILADELPHIA ( - Former Eagles All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins was named one of 15 finalists for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.

The class for 2017 is set to be announced on February 4, the day before the Super Bowl.

Joining Dawkins on the list of finalist is another former Eagles player, wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens, however, compiled the majority of his resume outside of Philadelphia.

Dawkins, on the other hand, played 13 of his 16 NFL seasons in Philadelphia before finishing up in Denver and was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro while with the Eagles.

Traditionally, it’s very difficult for players at that position to get in the Hall of Fame and there are only seven pure safeties enshrined in Canton: Jack Christiansen, Ken Houston, Paul Krause, Yale Lary, Emlen Tunnell, Larry Wilson and Willie Wood.

Ronnie Lott played most of his career as a safety as well and is in while Rod Woodson finished up his career as a safety but spent most of his time as a cornerback.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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