Brian Dawkins is a Hall of Famer
Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
On Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, in front of friends, family, former teammates and thousands of screaming Eagles’ fans, Brian Dawkins received his much-deserved gold jacket.
Brian Dawkins played 13 seasons in Philadelphia, and every Sunday for 13 seasons, Eagles fans looked forward to watching #20 roam the field. Following the 2008 season, Dawkins went on to play three more seasons for the Broncos. When all was said and done, he compiled the following Hall of Fame resume:
- 224 career games (including the record for most games played by an Eagle: 183)
- 1,131 tackles (895 solo)
- 37 interceptions (returned for 513 yards and two touchdowns)
- 26 sacks
- 19 fumble recoveries
- 9 Pro Bowl selections
Like most Eagles fans, when I think of Dawkins’ time in Philadelphia, a few memories come to mind:
- His Weapon-X / Wolverine alter-ego (and his stadium entrances)
- His pre-game speeches (and his aversion to swearing)
- The Alge Crumpler hit in the 2004 NFC Championship Game
- His 2002 “Quadrafecta” performance vs. the Texans where he became the only player in NFL history to record an interception, a sack, a fumble recovery and a receiving touchdown. If that stat line doesn’t exemplify the versatility of Dawkins and what he meant to the team, I don’t know what does.
Though the team had great success during his tenure, (five NFC Championship games, including four-straight & a Super Bowl appearance) Dawkins never hoisted the Lombardi Trophy as player.
Thankfully, he earned a ring as a member of the Eagle’s staff in Super Bowl LII. Now, he has a gold jacket that will match quite nicely with that ring.
For more info on Brian Dawkins’ hall of fame career, check out his page on the official hall of fame website: Brian Dawkins