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Boselli not named to Hall of Fame


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Tony Boselli narrowly missed the Hall of Fame again.

Boselli, the first player inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars, early Saturday evening narrowly missed becoming the first Jaguars player to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was among the final 10 players being voted upon in the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Boselli, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Associated Press All-Pro selection, was in 12th year of eligibility this year and his second year as a Hall finalist. This was his third year as a Hall semifinalist, and he had made the list of final 10 last year.

The '18 class: middle linebacker Ray Lewis, wide receivers Terrell Owens and Randy Moss, middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer and linebacker Robert Brazile and contributor Bobby Beathard.

Lewis, Urlacher and Moss were in their first year of eligibility and Dawkins – a Jacksonville native who attended Raines High School – was in his second. Owens was in his third year of eligibility. Kramer and Brazile were senior committee nominees.

The No. 2 overall selection in the 1995 NFL Draft, Boselli played with the Jaguars through 2001. He was selected by the Houston Texans in the 2002 expansion draft, but shoulder issues prevented him from ever playing for the Texans.

Boselli also was a member of the NFL's 1990s All-Decade team. He remains the lone offensive player from that team not in the Hall of Fame.

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