Brian Dawkins: Farewell to a Great Leader

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Published: March 10, 2009

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Since being drafted 61st overall in the 1996 NFL Draft, Brian Dawkins has been the heart and soul of the Philadelphia Eagles defense. He is one of the most popular sports figures in the history of Philadelphia. Now, for the first time in 13 years, Brian Dawkins will strap up every Sunday wearing a different jersey.

Two weeks ago, Dawkins signed a five-year, $17 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Fans, infuriated with the fact the Eagles front office failed to offer Dawk a reasonable contract, will be forced to eat, sleep, and breathe Eagles football without their emotional leader.

Dawkins will be remembered for his play on the field, as well as his motivational speeches. Before each game, Dawkins gathers all of his teammates in the secondary and delivers a fiery speech to get them going. While he was quite the speaker, B-Dawk was also a great entertainer.

On Sunday’s, when the Eagles defense wo...

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