Philadelphia Eagles show love to Brian Dawkins as induction ceremony nears
No Eagles fan, coach or player (past or present) will have a dry eye when Brian Dawkins is formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Hallelujah! Most of us can still hear Brian Dawkins‘ voice bellow through Lincoln Financial Field as he took the microphone from Terry Bradshaw on the podium. The Philadelphia Eagles had just erased years of frustration after years of frustration had finally been erased.
The Eagles, for a night, provided some vindication for their fans as the extinguished a red-hot Atlanta Falcons team to advance to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. For a night, the failure this team had seen in three-straight NFC Championship Game appearances was forgotten about.
For a night, we’d be playing memories of Brian Dawkins leveling Alge Crumpler and intercepting Michael Vick in our minds. Every single one of us wanted to grab our own goal-line pylon marker and slam it to the turf.
Why? Because that’s what Dawkins did.
Memories live with us forever.
Here’s what most of us forgot in that moment. We were never going to forget about that night. We were never going to forget ‘Dawk’ laying out Crumpler. That was going to make us think back to ‘Dawk’ laying out Michael Vick in that divisional game at Veteran’s Stadium. That was going to make all of us forget about every single Dawkins highlight our memories would allow us to envision.
See? To many people, Brian Dawkins is their favorite Eagle of all time, so we all were angry when he wasn’t voted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. We were ecstatic when he was voted in back in February. We just about danced out of our clothes when he received a Super Bowl ring (as an Eagles executive).
‘Weapon X’ means so much to so many people, and as his enshrinement approaches, we, at ‘ITI’ thought we’d share some of the love he’s been given on social media.
Drum roll please. We begin with a word from assistant coach Duce Staley:
Let’s check in with executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, Coach Doug Pederson and some of the other guys:
Ladies and gentleman, six months after winning Super Bowl LII, all over the country, fans of this team get to feel like champions again. On August 4th, Brian Dawkins aka ‘The Wolverine’ aka ‘Weapon X’ aka ‘Dawk’ officially enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
On the eve of his induction ‘Weapon X’ was a busy man. He hung out with Dave Spadaro:
Last night, he got his gold jacket:
Yep! Gold really is his color. He looked pretty doggone good in that midnight green too though.