Honoring Brian Dawkins

Posted: September 28, 2012

20 things to know about safety Brian Dawkins, whose No. 20 jersey will be retired on Sunday night:

* Was a second-round pick out of Clemson in 1996, 61st overall. Other Eagles draftees that year included G Jermane Mayberry, TE Jason Dunn and QB Bobby Hoying.

* Attended Raines High in Jacksonville, Fla., the same school that produced Harold Carmichael and Lito Sheppard.

* Among regular players (i.e. not counting David Akers), Dawkins and Carmichael are 1-2 in games played in Eagles history.

* Had 34 interceptions for the Birds, tied for most in team history with Eric Allen and Bill Bradley.

* The quarterbacks Dawkins intercepted the most were Michael Vick, Brett Favre and Eli Manning (three each). Two of his picks against Vick - and one against Favre - came in the postseason.

* Intercepted a Vick pass in the 2004 NFC Championship Game to lead the Eagles to their only Super Bowl of the Andy Reid era.

* Preceeded the interception with a bone-rattling hit of Alge Crumpler, the Falcons' 262-pound tight end that seemed to set the tone for the Eagles' 27-10 win at frigid Lincoln Financial Field.

* Was a 9-time Pro Bowl selection, including seven times as an Eagle.

*The nine Pro Bowls is tied with John Lynch and one behind Ken Houston for the most for a safety.

* Dawkins, in just his second game as a pro, replaced Eric Zomalt as the Eagles free safety and stayed there for 13 years.

* The only player who had a longer Eagles career was Chuck Bednarik, who played 14 seasons for the Birds.

* Dawkins turns 39 on Oct. 13.

* Kept figurines of comic-book action heroes in his locker. His most cherished tenant was Wolverine of the X-Men series, which Dawkins was an an avid reader.

* Always considered the Giants the Eagles' most bitter NFC East rival.

* Dawkins sobbed following a decisive 2008 win over Dallas that led to a miraculous playoff berth. "Tears of joy," he said, wiping his eyes. "I've never been a part of anything like this."

* In a 2002 win over Houston, Dawkins became the first player in NFL history with a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown reception in the same game. The TD reception was on a shovel pass from Brian Mitchell on a fake punt.

* His 16 seasons is tied with Eugene Robinson and Paul Krause for longest career for a safety.

* Was named the 2008 "Father of the Year" by the American Diabetes Association.

* Joined with the Daily News in honoring Philadelphia high school football players for success on the field and in the classroom.

* An example of how respected Dawkins is was summed up by this Ike Reese message when Dawk retired: "Thank you bro for being an example [pro, father, bro, husband] for all of us who were blessed to know you!"




15 - Steve Van Buren

20 - Brian Dawkins

40 - Tom Brookshier

44 - Pete Retzlaff

60 - Chuck Bednarik

70 - Al Wistert

92 - Reggie White

99 - Jerome Brown

Who should be next: 5 - Donovan McNabb


1 - Bernie Parent

4 - Barry Ashbee

7 - Bill Barber

16 - Bobby Clarke

Who should be next: 88 - Eric Lindros


1 - Rich Ashburn

14 - Jim Bunning

20 - Mike Schmidt

32 - Steve Carlton

36 - Robin Roberts

42 - Jackie Robinson

P - Grover Cleveland Alexander

CK - Chuck Klein

Who should be next: 11 - Jimmy Rollins

Note: Alexander played before players wore uniform numbers and is honored with a 1915-style Phillies "P" ... Klein wore seven numbers during his three stints as a Phillies' player.


6 - Julius Erving

10 - Maurice Cheeks

13 - Wilt Chamberlain

15 - Hal Greer

24 - Bobby Jones

32 - Billy Cunningham

34 - Charles Barkley

Who should be next: 3 - Allen Iverson

- Ed Barkowitz

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