Dawkins: Philadelphia Was A Perfect Fit For Me

Brian Dawkins loved the Eagles, and the Eagles loved him. They still do.

The DA Show
January 31, 2019 - 2:00 pm

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins would have had a successful NFL career no matter where he played, but it’s fair to say there was no better fit for him – or his personality – than the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I believe I still could have had a successful career; I just don’t know if another city that I went to would have been so similar to me,” Dawkins said on The DA Show. “There’s a dark side of me. I understand that, I know that, and I embrace that. There are parts of me that are dark that I’m constantly working on so that darkness stays there. Some of it is the depression. But I try my best to be respectful of people, and sometimes I show my emotions. On the field, I showed my emotions. I was crying, I was dancing, I was partying.”

Dawkins played for the Eagles from 1996 through 2008 before ending his career with the Broncos (2009-11). He was a nine-time Pro Bowler and a five-time first-team All-Pro. 

His passion and intensity were second to none, and his connection to Eagles fans was, in a word, unique.

“It is an amazing feeling,” Dawkins said. “It’s not something that I set out to do. I was authentically me, and when I’m authentically me, people see that I care. I honestly and genuinely cared. That’s why I didn’t do some of the things that I could have done off the field. I went home and got my rest and I was trying to eat right and doing everything that I can so I can give you everything that I got on the football field – everything. Not what I have left after I went partying and staying out – but I gave you everything that I had every freakin’ day. That’s what I hope my fans and everybody recognizes – that I genuinely cared.”