DOVER, Del. - Brian Dawkins warmed up for his number retirement ceremony at Sunday night's Eagles-Giants game by serving as the AAA 400's grand marshal. Addressing the estimated crowd of 80,000 at Dover International Speedway, Dawkins pumped his right arm and said, "Can you feel that?" Then he offered "these inspirational words, drivers, start your engines!"
Earlier, referring to the Dover race scene, Dawkins said, "I'm in awe. Seeing things from behind the scenes is a lot different from seeing it on TV. But some of the things that these guys have to go through and the mentality that they have to keep in order to represent their sponsors before the [race] is completely different from us as football players. I don't know if we can do that as well as they do."