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August 12, 2007
5 Brian Dawkins. A demon with a killer's instinct. That is Brian Dawkins. He has, as Bill Bergey described it, the entire package. "He's got a nose for the ball," Bergey said of the 12-year safety who was a second-round draft pick in 1996. "He breaks for the ball. He anticipates real well. I have watched Brian Dawkins for many years now. If I want to know where the ball is going, I watch Brian Dawkins. " Dawkins' resume is Hall of Fame worthy. Regular-season games played: 157. A franchise-record 15 playoff appearances, including eight wins.
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September 25, 2012
THE EAGLES WILL retire Brian Dawkins' No. 20 jersey at a ceremony on Sunday night when they play the rival New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. The safety played 16 years in the NFL, the first 13 years with the Eagles. He was a second-round pick of the Eagles in the 1996 draft. He played college ball at Clemson. He was not re-signed by the Eagles after the 2008 season. On Feb. 28, 2009, Dawkins signed a 5-year, $17 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Former Eagles president Joe Banner said the handling of Dawkins was one of his biggest regrets.
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September 6, 2012
Former Eagles Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins will join ESPN as an NFL analyst, the network will announce on Wednesday. Dawkins, a nine-time Pro Bowler and a fan favorite with the Eagles, will appear on studio programs throughout the year, such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, Audibles and NFL32 . He makes his debut on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., when he will appear alongside former NFL standouts Jerry Rice, Keyshawn Johnson and Marcellus Wiley on Audibles . Dawkins spent 13 years in Philadelphia and played in 18 playoff games, the most in team history.
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September 27, 2012 | BY MARK KRAM, Daily News Staff Writer
FROM HIS vantage point on the Eagles' sideline that Sunday at Three Rivers Stadium in 2000, Ike Reese could see the play unfold. A big hole opened up in the Pittsburgh offensive line and into it rumbled Jerome Bettis, the 5-11, 252-pound running back who was affectionately known as "The Bus. " Reese was certain Bettis would pick up 15 or 20 yards. But Brian Dawkins charged up from his safety position, launched into the air and stopped Bettis cold. Reese remembers that it was "one of the loudest hits I have ever heard.
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October 2, 2012 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News
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]
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September 9, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles' football season, which kicks off tomorrow in Houston against the Texans, couldn't come soon enough for free safety and team leader Brian Dawkins. Now entering his 11th season with the Eagles, Dawkins has made no secret of his desire to rid himself of the aftertaste of a disappointing 6-10 year one season after the Eagles played in the Super Bowl. With five Pro Bowl selections on his resume and a contract extension through the 2008 season, Dawkins is thinking of nothing else but returning to the postseason, where he has been six times.
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July 19, 1996 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One reason Eagles coach Ray Rhodes asked some of the veteran players not to report early to training camp was so he could watch his rookies work with selected veterans before there's a logjam. Rhodes and defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas had their eyes on safety Brian Dawkins yesterday in various drills, including 11 on 11. What they saw was a little speed, a lot of aggressiveness, and some anxiety. Though just 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Dawkins is a vicious hitter. But since no one was wearing pads, he was frustrated because he couldn't hit anyone.
NEWS
April 29, 2012
Donovan McNabb has spent the last couple of weeks telling anyone listening that he belongs in the Hall of Fame, and while he was at it, to take the time to discredit a couple of his contemporaries who have already made the Hall. A couple of days ago, when presented with the possibility that he might go to the Hall of Fame, Brian Dawkins got choked up. And therein lies the difference between an Eagles player universally accepted by the fans as one of their all-time favorites, and another who will forever be on the outside looking in. Brian Dawkins officially retired last week from the National Football League.
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January 18, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He is an amusement park on the football field. Brian Dawkins isn't just the roller coaster, he's all the other rides, too. The Eagles' free safety is a maze of fun and entertainment from the moment he steps out of the tunnel for pregame warm-ups to the moment he disappears into the locker room at the end of a game. He has more energy than the sun and an endless range of emotions. Last Sunday's ride at Lincoln Financial Field was a particularly thrilling one, and Dawkins no doubt will attempt an encore performance in tonight's NFC championship game against the Carolina Panthers.
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August 29, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Safety became associated with a lot of four-letter words to Eagles fans that March day in 2009 when the team let its most beloved player sign as a free agent with the Denver Broncos. What the - insert your own four-letter word here - were they thinking when they let Brian Dawkins leave? When the - again, use the four-letter word of your choice - are the Eagles going to find a replacement for Dawkins? This is the Eagles' sixth season without Dawkins, who is retired and being paid to express his NFL opinions on ESPN.
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June 2, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - When the Eagles started defensive meetings in April, Earl Wolff sat behind new Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Wolff glanced over Jenkins' shoulder at Jenkins' notebook and was astounded at the level of detail. So Wolff started sitting next to Jenkins, and he has shadowed the Eagles' top defensive addition since. It's the same notebook former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel remembers Jenkins carrying around when Jenkins was an all-American for the Buckeyes. The Eagles' dogged pursuit of Jenkins had much to do with the way he plays safety, but it was also because of the intangibles they wanted from the player they expect to lead their secondary.
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May 8, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
BEFORE BRIAN Dawkins came along, most NFL safeties were one-trick ponies with Mack truck hitting ability and Mack truck speed to match. They were mini-linebackers who could send you into never-never land with a hit and hold their own in zone coverage. But cover a wide receiver in space? Uh, no. Dawkins changed that. The 1996 second-rounder out of Clemson wasn't a one-trick pony. He was the complete package. He was a bone-rattling safety with cornerback speed who could cover any receiver on the field, inside or outside, and became one of the key components in Jim Johnson's ultra-successful blitz packages.
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May 6, 2014
FIRST ROUND Van Buren? Third?: In his later years, Steve Van Buren would have this running comedy act with Chuck Bednarik. Van Buren was the Hall of Fame running back, the star of the Eagles' 1948 and '49 championship teams. Bednarik was a kid on the '49 team and the veteran who played both ways on the 1960 championship team. And so it went . . . Steve: You were the best. Chuck: No, you were the best. The conversation would continue, wander. Stories would be told and retold.
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March 14, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Malcolm Jenkins' flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Philadelphia was delayed Wednesday afternoon, which was just about the only delay in this free-agent process for the Eagles' new safety. The Eagles targeted Jenkins once free agency opened Tuesday, and Philadelphia quickly emerged as the destination for the former Saint. Jenkins conceded that he was not in the Saints' plans, and New Orleans replaced him by making Jairus Byrd the highest-paid safety in the NFL. But Jenkins also embraced a new start with the Eagles, where the converted cornerback believes his skill set is aligned with the vision the Eagles have for safeties in their defense.
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March 5, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
OCCASIONALLY, circumstances dictate that several lesser issues be plumbed at once. And, so . . . If the Eagles do, in fact, pursue a top free-agent safety when negotiations begin Saturday, it will be a marked departure from the philosophy they have followed in the nearly 20 years Jeffrey Lurie has owned the team. Yes, they signed Brian Dawkins to a 7-year extension after the 2002 season, but Dawkins was their own: a second-round pick in 1996, in the prime of his career, with impeccable character and an unmatched skill set. He was the most professional person in the franchise and the key to Jim Johnson's fearsome defensive scheme.
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January 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - When Tony Carter first met Brian Dawkins as a Broncos teammate, he was too timid to remind him that they had met years before. Carter was an undrafted rookie cornerback and Dawkins had just signed a free-agent contract after 13 seasons with the Eagles. But they had met years prior in Jacksonville - their native city - when Carter was still in high school and Dawkins was his hero. "I was probably too embarrassed to say that. But he knew who I was," Carter said. "And soon as we met each other he said, 'Duval County!
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January 24, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MOBILE, Ala. - There's a gaggle of good-sized safeties here practicing for Saturday's Senior Bowl. You have to squint really hard to see any of them as a future star, though; most project as midrounders. That's partly because the top two safety prospects in this spring's NFL draft, Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor, are underclassmen and aren't in Mobile. And it's partly because the demands of the safety position in the NFL of 2014 are extreme, much more about coverage instincts and quickly sorting through what you're looking at than wrestling ballcarriers to the turf.
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January 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howie Roseman saw Brian Dawkins at the Eagles' postseason game on Jan. 4, and the sight of the retired safety only reaffirmed to Roseman how difficult it has been to replace him. The Eagles have been looking for safeties for five years. They're still looking. "You really appreciated it when he was here, but the longer he's away, you really get more and more appreciation for what a great player he was," Roseman said. "A Hall of Fame-caliber player at a position that's hard to find.
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November 5, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
OAKLAND - The last guy heading out of the locker room area toward the Eagles' bus to the airport yesterday evening was Nick Foles, who slouched through the empty O.co Coliseum hallways silently, as if he were headed to film review. Had Foles ever thought about throwing seven touchdown passes in a game, before he did it? "I haven't. I always just think about what it takes to win the game," Foles said after gaining a prominent piece of NFL history, and completing what might have been the most amazing start-to-start turnaround in the history of football.
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