One Philadelphia Eagles fan’s critique of Brian Dawkins’ “A Football Life”

Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins was immortalized recently on ‘A Football Life’, and the NFL Network deserves a ton of credit for this one.

From the greatest and most beloved player in the history of a franchise to a football operations executive in player development to the proud owner of one of those beautiful Super Bowl rings, Brian Dawkins has lived quite the football life. To some Philadelphia Eagles fans, he’s their favorite player of all time, and if you take a second to check out the NFL Network’s A Football Life in which he was recently featured, it’s easy to see why.

‘Dawk’ or ‘Wolverine’ or ‘Weapon X’ or whatever you want to call him spent a ton of time in an Eagles jersey, and regardless of the fact that he wore a black visor on his helmet that covered most of his face, you’d be hard pressed to find an Eagles fan who couldn’t identify him from a mile away.

If all you remembered about Dawkins was his passion, energy and fire, you might want to take the 45 minutes to check out what NFL Network’s documentary brought out of a man who had no problem giving all of himself to a franchise, especially when he couldn’t always give all of himself to a family that supported him.

‘Dawk’ gives his all one more time.

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It’s hard to completely understand someone in 45 minutes, but for those looking to see what made Philly’s Hall of Fame safety the man we’ve grown to know and love, the amount of time that it will take to digest his tale of depression, beating the odds and love is an easy investment.

Some love Dawkins for his effort on the field. Others love him for his faith. Others still admire him for his achievements, but Dawkins is more than all of that.

He’s a living reminder of why it’s easy to fall in love with a team. From 1996 to 2008, Eagles fans watched him wear his heart on his sleeve. Thanks to A Football Life, we got to see, yet again, that his heart is even bigger than we originally thought it was.

This one’s worthy enough for Emmy consideration. We, at ITI, give it an A plus. We won’t spoil it for you. You’ve got to check this one out for yourselves