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Dawkins, Bruce among 15 finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

DB Brian Dawkins (Wikimedia Commons)

Two NFL great who played high school football in Florida have found themselves among 15 finalists for the 2017 class into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Isaac Bruce, a 1990 graduate of Dillard (Fort Lauderdale), had a storied career with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams from 1994 through 2007 and played the final two years of his career at San Francisco, racking up 1,024 catches on 15,208 yards and hauling in 91 touchdowns, according to stats on pro-football-reference.com. Bruce was a big part of Dillard’s 1989 state championship victory before going on to the University of Memphis. Bruce was a second-round draft pick by the Rams in 1994.

Brian Dawkins, a 1992 graduate of Raines (Jacksonville), had a big career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Dawkins started 221 games at defensive back, hauling in 37 interceptions, recovering 19 fumbles, 26 sacks, and 895 tackles, according to stats on pro-football-reference.com. Dawkins finish his career in 2011 after three years with the Denver Broncos. Dawkins was a second-round pick by Philadelphia in 1996 as a defensive back coming out of Clemson.

Bruce and Dawkins join other great football greats likes Tony Boselli, Kurt Warner and LaDainian Tomlinson among the group of 15 finalists.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be announced during NFL Honors the night before Super Bowl LI on Saturday, February 4 at 8:00 PM ET on FOX and will be officially enshrined later on in the year at the Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio.

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