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News And Notes: Hall Of Fame Coach


Monday's practice times - 8:15 AM and 2:45 PM (10/10/10)
Monday's autograph session - QBs, TEs and Specialists


Last night former Eagles Defensive Coordinator Emmitt Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thomas joined the Eagles in 1995 and coached for four seasons alongside former Eagles Head Coach Ray Rhodes. After being drafted by the Eagles in 1996, S Brian Dawkins was among the many players that Thomas had the opportunity to coach. In his Hall of Fame enshrinement speech Thomas said, "Our game is driven by our standard of players and, man, have I been associated with some of the all-time greats." He went on to list the names of current and former players and staff, and Brian Dawkins was one of them.

During their three seasons together as Eagles, Thomas and Dawkins developed a unique relationship. "He spoke some things over me and into me when I got here," Dawkins said today of Thomas. "One of the things (he) was saying was that if you learn your stuff... if you do what you're supposed to do and learn your stuff, you can be the best safety to play this game, and he said this way back when I was a rookie. And on top of other things, other issues that I had going on as a rookie, he helped me out tremendously in my confidence level, building me up. A lot that I've been able to accomplish, I owe to him being the man that he is, really, and that's real."

Thomas joins the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008 for his many contributions to the game of football. Originally an undrafted free agent, he played 13 seasons (1966-78) with the Kansas City Chiefs at cornerback. Thomas is currently the Senior Defensive Assistant/Secondary coach with the Atlanta Falcons.


Following tomorrow's morning practice, Brian Dawkins will partner with Turkey Hill Dairy, which benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and the Eagles Youth Partnership. Turkey Hill Dairy's Eagles Touchdown Sundae Ice Cream - the official ice cream of the Philadelphia Eagles.

During the 2008 season, Turkey Hill Dairy has agreed to donate $1,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund for every interception by Dawkins. The Dairy will also donate $10,000 if that interception is returned for a touchdown.

Turkey Hill is also a strong supporter of the Eagles Youth Partnership. The Dairy donates five cents to the Eagles Youth Partnership for every Eagles Touchdown Sundae Ice Cream package sold. Since 2003 Turkey Hill has donated over $70,000 to EYP.


At this morning's practice, CB Sheldon Brown seemed to defy gravity as he leapt on an all-out dive to break up a pass intended for WR DeSean Jackson. QB Kevin Kolb began the play with a three-step drop, before firing a pass to Jackson on the right side. Brown closed on the ball and made the play to the delight of the crowd.


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