Eagles fans accustomed to seeing Brian Dawkins emerge from the tunnel during pre-game introductions may get their chance to see it again on Sunday. Only this time, No. 20 will be wearing white, blue and orange and performing those pre-game theatrics on the visiting team side.
Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels confirmed Wednesday that his defensive unit will be introduced Sunday and, much like his time in Philadelphia, Dawkins figures to be the last player to take the field for Denver.
In his conference call with Philadelphia media, Dawkins talked about his relationship with the Eagles' passionate fan base -- both their reaction to his departure and the reception he would receive upon returning to Lincoln Financial Field.
"Obviously it has crossed my mind what's it going to be like," Dawkins said of his much anticipated return to the City of Brotherly Love. "Whatever it is, I know they've appreciated me just like I've appreciated them over the years, so I don't expect anything crazy."
However, Dawkins said he was not surprised by the emotional, and in some cases, over-the-top, reaction from the team's passionate fan base when Philadelphia allowed him to sign in Denver in free agency.
"To know that they were going to feel that way was kind of expected; but at the end of the day, I know that they're Philadelphia fans and they're going to back their team," Dawkins said.
That being said, Dawkins said he knew Sunday's game would be a big one - not so much because of his homecoming, but with regard to postseason positioning.
"I thought that this would be a game that would be important for both teams, and it is," Dawkins said. "Obviously, it's a lot more important for us than it is for the Eagles; but it's important for those guys also. They want to win. I know the mentality around there at this time of year ..."