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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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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 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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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.
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June 24, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
RHAWN SHORT was named for a street in Northeast Philadelphia. His father, the late Chris Short, was one of the best pitchers of his era, a two-time All-Star who played for the Phillies from 1959 to 1972. Rhawn appeared at the City Avenue Hilton on Thursday to acknowledge his father's inclusion as a member of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame's class of 2016. "To be here today is a great honor, an honor I wish my father could be here to experience with me," Short said. Chris Short, a lefthander who finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973, was 135-132 overall with a 3.43 ERA. He was 20-10 in 1966 and won 17 or more games in a season four times.
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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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August 5, 2016 | By Bill Lyon, Inquirer Columnist
JAN 23, 2005 So you stand there in the cold and brittle January night, your breath making little locomotive puffs of steam, and you look up at the star-speckled firmament, at what has awed and humbled and beguiled mankind since the beginning, and you ask, beseechingly, the question that has reverberated throughout the cosmos for lo these many, many, many years: Hey, when does it get to be our turn, huh? Come on now. Enough is enough. And thus do the loyalists of the Philadelphia Iggles, whose love is unconditional and whose loyalty is bottomless, brace themselves for yet one more assault on the unscalable summit.
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August 2, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
CARSON WENTZ'S red practice jersey and red hair made their Lincoln Financial Field debut Sunday. "I can't imagine this place packed," said Wentz, who seemed to feel the underwhelming announced crowd of 18,276 was pretty vocal. The fans saw Wentz throw pretty well, generally working with and against deep subs. He threaded a nice pass through traffic to Nelson Agholor, who is not a deep sub. Wentz took off around left end and zipped 15 yards or so, to much enthusiasm. "It was pretty cool," said Wentz, the quarterback from North Dakota State the Eagles traded up to draft second overall this spring.
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June 25, 2016 | By Will Snow, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame announced its new members Thursday, and former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and retired Eagles safety Brian Dawkins highlight the list of 15 individuals and one team. Nine sports were represented on the list that included the 1966-67 76ers, and bowling made the cut for the first time. Sylvia Wene Martin was the first female bowler to roll three perfect games in sanctioned competitions. She is already in both the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Women's International Bowling Hall of Fame.
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June 24, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
RHAWN SHORT was named for a street in Northeast Philadelphia. His father, the late Chris Short, was one of the best pitchers of his era, a two-time All-Star who played for the Phillies from 1959 to 1972. Rhawn appeared at the City Avenue Hilton on Thursday to acknowledge his father's inclusion as a member of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame's class of 2016. "To be here today is a great honor, an honor I wish my father could be here to experience with me," Short said. Chris Short, a lefthander who finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973, was 135-132 overall with a 3.43 ERA. He was 20-10 in 1966 and won 17 or more games in a season four times.
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June 15, 2016 | Daily News Staff Writers
In the Agenda, the Daily News will examine a major issue of the day in Philadelphia sports. We will frame the question and look at it from multiple angles, bringing you opinions from a sports staff unmatched in its experience. The Agenda will run occasionally, only in the Daily News. Les Bowen If I had to bet this question, my money would be on Rodney McLeod. McLeod is assured of starting at safety for the Eagles if he's healthy, and he's played in every game since he arrived in St. Louis as an undrafted free agent from Virginia in 2012, so the odds are with me there.
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June 15, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
YOU COULD almost hear the briefcase clicking shut Monday evening. That's when Howie Roseman finished a four-month negotiation with Fletcher Cox, perhaps already the best defensive tackle in Eagles history and probably the best athlete in the city, depending on how you regard Claude Giroux. According to ESPN, Cox, 25, agreed to a six-year, $103 million contract extension, $63 million of it guaranteed in various manners. It might turn out to be the most guaranteed money a non-quarterback has ever made, but NFL contracts are specious documents full of misdirection and hidden intent.
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May 26, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Watch Jim Schwartz coach from the sideline, then listen to him afterward, and it is easy to come to this conclusion: Praise is not passed around to his defensive players as if its turkey and mashed potatoes at a Thanksgiving dinner table. If a player gets a compliment from the Eagles defensive coordinator, it is because he has earned it. Not many of the players on the field at the NovaCare Complex for Tuesday's padless practice session achieved that status. In fact, after being asked about quarterback Carson Wentz, Schwartz voluntarily mentioned his disdain for what he saw from his defense.
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March 12, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
Rodney McLeod walked up to the podium wearing a crisp white shirt buttoned to the top, Steve Urkel-style, and a jacket with a polka dot handkerchief peaking out of the breast. His torso barely cleared the lectern, while coach Doug Pederson, who spoke just moments before, towered over the stand. The new Eagles safety isn't known for his size - he's listed as 5-foot-10, 195 pounds - but he looked even smaller in person. He answered questions eloquently, spoke in measured tones, and smiled a lot. McLeod didn't appear to be anywhere near the intimidator the Eagles have lacked in the secondary for nearly a decade.
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November 20, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
BUCCANEERS rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has never been to Philadelphia, but he surely followed the Birds while growing up in Bessemer, Ala. "I'm an Eagles fan," said Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in 2015. "Randall Cunningham was my favorite player of all time. I loved Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, Jevon Kearse - all the guys in the 2000s. " Winston, 21, wasn't even born when Cunningham was in his prime, but that's beside the point. Lots of people grow up idolizing Mickey Mantle or Wilt Chamberlain or even Michael Jordan without having seen them play.
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October 23, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
First there were Quintin Mikell and Sean Jones in Sean McDermott's Jim Johnson-cloned defense. Then there were Mikell and Nate Allen. Then Allen and Kurt Coleman for two years behind the "wide nine. " Then Allen and Patrick Chung in Bill Davis' completely new scheme. And then Allen and Malcolm Jenkins last year. Interspersed as starters in that six-year span have been Macho Harris, Colt Anderson, Jarrad Page, Jaiquawn Jarrett, David Sims and Earl Wolff. It's been seven years since the Eagles and Brian Dawkins parted ways, and for the first time since his departure, the team has two more than competent safeties and a scheme that matches their skill sets.
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