The Rams running back, who led the NFL with 2,093 yards from scrimmage, was announced as the winner at the NFL Honors show in Minneapolis.
Moss, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher were elected in their first year of eligibility.
Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, former Packers guard Jerry Kramer, former Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile, and former executive Bobby Beathard join Lewis, Moss, Owens and Urlacher in this year’s Hall of Fame class.
The 2018 class will officially be inducted in Canton on Aug. 4.
The Players Coalition, meanwhile, showed large splits in philosophy and strategy, according to a detailed report from The Undefeated before the Super Bowl. The fates of some players who continued to protest could be in jeopardy; the 49ers’ Eric Reid has said he would not be surprised if he goes unsigned in free agency, and Michael Bennett could possibly see the same if the Seahawks release him for age or cap reasons.
Meanwhile, in the offseason after a backup quarterback, Nick Foles, won a Super Bowl after beating former backup Case Keenum in the NFC title game, Kaepernick is a long shot to get signed again. His collusion grievance is still pending, and there are sure to be fireworks as that evolves.
The Eagles’ win should have proven to everybody that there’s nothing for teams, the league or the fans to fear from a social consciousness — and that maybe there’s something to embrace, for the good of the sport and of the nation.
Take the 2013 NFL Draft. Though the previous year produced some first-round flops, the 2012 draft still produced its share of stars: Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman. But not the 2013 draft. The best player it has produced is second-round pick Le’Veon Bell. Several first-round picks already are absolute busts. Some picks have proven to be solid, even Pro Bowlers. But they’re not stars, and the vast majority are ho-hum.
It may have been only four years ago, but we’re pretty confident in calling the 2013 NFL Draft the worst of the past 25 years. Just take a look at each of the first-round picks and you’ll see why.