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Remembering Weapon X: Brian Dawkins Leaves The NFL As The Greatest Good Guy
- Updated: April 24, 2012
“Can you feel that? That thing that’s beating in your dog-gon’ chest right now. Can you feel that? Can you feel what’s about to happen on this field?
Those words are probably most recognizable from the video game Madden 08′ but only one man could say them, former Eagles and Broncos safety, Brian Dawkins.
The 38-year-old, future Hall Of Famer had spent 12 years with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996-2008, then moved on to the Denver Broncos in 2009 and played two stellar seasons from 09-11′. The former Clemson Tiger had been known for his intensity, passion, and dedication to being great.
While normally, some articles wouldn’t list all his career achievements, due to their great length, this one will. A nine time Pro Bowler, and six-time All-Pro, Dawkins became an NFC Champion in 2004 with the highly memorable Eagles team that featured Dawkins, McNabb, Brian Westbrook, and Terrell Owens. Dawkins is also one of very few defensive players to be in place at the 20/20 club (20 interceptions and 20 sacks).
His “Weapon X” alter-ego which was to resemble the X-Men character, Wolverine, really spoke to Dawkins the player. The role of Wolverine, truly was the role of Dawkins, an indestructible character, who never backs down.
His time in Philadelphia was not only served on the field, but off it as well. Dawkins was awarded the “Whizzer” NFL Man of the Year, in 2008. The Eagles not only took notice to his great career there, as he was named to the Philadelphia 75th Anniversary team, but the NFL also named him to 2000s All-Decade team.
Finishing his career with 1,131 tackles, 26 sacks, and 37 interceptions, the numbers alone put Dawkins in the Hall Of Fame. If there was also a Hall Of Fame that accepted players strictly on their character, Brian Dawkins would be the poster child.
Weapon X wasn’t just created as an alter-ego to be a hard-hitting safety in the NFL, Weapon X stands for something that will not be brought down. Brian Dawkins, never has nor will ever be brought down.
He gave back to his community, he made the players around him better, and most of all, he embraced fans and teammates around him. Brian Dawkins is the mirror image for not only great professional athlete, but for a great person.
You will certainly be missed Weapon X, Brian Dawkins, or can we finish it off, by saying: Simply The Best.