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The Philadelphia Eagles announced that Brian Dawkins, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the club’s Hall of Fame, has been added to the team’s scouting department. Dawkins is the franchise’s inaugural recipient of the Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship, a new program launched by the NFL aimed at introducing former players to the world of player personnel and the duties of an NFL scout.
Brian Dawkins and Donovan McNabb are one step closer to Canton. The modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced on Wednesday night. The legendary safety and the prolific quarterback are both nominees in their first year of eligibility.
Between earning seven Pro Bowl selections with the Eagles as well as a Super Bowl appearance, one might say this has been a long time coming. For Dawkins, the thought of receiving the honor only started when he was approaching the end of his playing career.
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That should come as no surprise to Eagles fans since they witnessed “Weapon X” pour his heart and soul into the Eagles’ defense for 13 seasons. But even after he hung up his cleats and moved into the world of broadcasting, Dawkins was never too far removed from the game he loves.
Former safety Brian Dawkins, already a member of the Eagles Hall of Fame, is one of the 18 players, coaches and contributors who will be on the ballot for enshrinement when the Hall of Fame’s Board of Selectors chooses the Class of 2017 on February 4, the eve of Super Bowl LI, in Houston. Former wide receiver Terrell Owens is also a finalist.
“It’s a blessing to be mentioned among the names of so many other guys who have made it this far, let alone to be hopefully in the Hall of Fame someday,” Dawkins said at the NovaCare Complex late Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t take these things for granted. I understand the plight of safeties (in the Pro Football Hall of Fame). To make it this far in my first year, it’s a tremendous, tremendous honor.”
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The embodiment of what it means to play football in the City of Philadelphia, Dawkins was a physical and spiritual leader for 13 seasons with the Eagles. He was a Pro Bowl selection seven times, tied for the second most in franchise history. Dawkins finished as the team’s all-time leader in both games played (183) and interceptions (34) by the end of his tenure with the Eagles in 2008.
For the first time this season, the Eagles are on track to have a full complement of receivers in a game, with tight end Zach Ertz on track to play Sunday in Detroit. What does that mean for the offense?
“There are a lot of advantages to having three really good tight ends,” Ertz said, “and in my opinion we do have that. I think there are going to be a lot of options out of that package, and Philadelphia Eagles jerseys I think it’s going to grow throughout the year.”
Zach Ertz’s third season in the NFL got off to a rockier start than he and most fans expected. After a standout sophomore season in 2014 in which his receiving yardage jumped up over the 700-yard mark for the first time, his 2015 campaign started with a core muscle injury that kept him off the field for the Eagles’ entire preseason schedule.
One of the things when I look over all of the athletes that I idolize, per se – [Los Angeles Lakers Forward-Guard] Kobe Bryant and [Dallas Cowboys TE] Jason Witten are two of the athletes that I have looked up to since I was a young kid and those two guys stayed in their cities throughout their entire careers. That’s the kind of legacy that I want to leave here in Philadelphia. When people think of great tight ends in Philly, I want to be the guy that they think of. I look at Dawkins [former Eagles S Brian Dawkins], I look at Donovan [former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb], I look at Westbrook [former Eagles RB Brian Westbrook], and these guys have left lasting legacies in this city. Those are the guys that I want to be mentioned with.