It was Brian Dawkins' night, but ever the consummate teammate, No. 20 didn't want to be a distraction to the cause at hand. When Dawkins addressed the Eagles players following their Saturday walk-through, he told them to focus on one thing - beating the hated New York Giants.
"He said, 'Don't play for me.' He said, 'We're playing for us. We're playing for the Eagles. We need to win," defensive end
"Brian Dawkins is a very passionate guy," said
Of course, Saturday was not the last time this Eagles team would see Dawkins. Following the pre-game introduction of the Eagles offense to the crowd, Dawkins crawled through the tunnel one last time, gyrating, gesticulating and going through his self-titled "idiot-man routine," creating an absolute frenzy among the 69,144 fans in attendance.
"Act a fool," cornerback
"I can only imagine playing with a guy like Brian and having the opportunity to go out each and every Sunday and feel that type of energy from a guy who is so passionate about the game and the game means so much to him," said quarterback
At halftime, Dawkins had the opportunity to address the crowd directly, thanking them for their support over the years and leading the stadium in the Eagles Fight Song. It was the capper of a tremendous weekend for Dawkins and his family and for the Eagles fans who have loved him so dearly for so long. And of course, all of it was made even more special because of the Eagles' 19-17 victory over the Giants.
"You have to give the organization credit," said head coach Andy Reid. "The Lurie's did a phenomenal job of putting together a real special weekend for Brian and his family. It was unbelievable the things that went on. You can tell he was probably a fan-favorite, right? You know why. If he doesn't get into the Hall of Fame, I don't know who should."
For now, Dawkins will be plenty satisfied with being in the Eagles Hall of Fame.
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