MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dawkins packed up his family and flew to Houston last February for what he had hoped would be the announcement that he had made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
After coming up short, he swore he wouldn't make the same mistake twice.
"This will be the last time I come out here beforehand," he said last year. "Next year, I'll just wait (at home)."
The Eagles kind of spoiled his stay-at-home plan, though, by making it to Super Bowl LII. But this time, Dawkins' wait didn't end in disappointment.
The former Eagles all-pro safety found out Saturday that he had made the Hall of Fame, along with yet another former Eagle, Terrell Owens.
Dawkins and Owens joined linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and wide receiver Randy Moss as the five members of the Hall's class of 2018. Also voted in were senior finalists Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and longtime NFL personnel executive Bobby Beathard, who made it as a contributor.
"We go through pain in life for a reason," said Dawkins of not getting in last year. "Sometimes it's to learn more about yourself. I learned a lot about myself last year going through that experience. I learned some things that I needed to know about myself, so that I can appreciate today a lot more. And I do.
"So I'm thankful. I didn't like it last year (when he didn't get in). But I'm thankful for last year because it taught me about some of the things I needed to let go in order to have this day be more special.
Dawkins, who is a football operations executive with the Eagles, was at the team hotel when he received the news.
"This is tremendous news and I could not be more proud of Brian," owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team. "Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is an honor he truly earned. He epitomized everything we love about the game of football. His intensity, his passion, his love of the game and his leadership were always dialed in at the highest possible level. He connected in every possible way with the city of Philadelphia and our legion of Eagles fans across the country. We cannot wait to celebrate his special night in Canton this summer."