Jon Dorenbos on Brian Dawkins: ‘He Played Every Play as if he Were a Fan’
Brian Dawkins spent his first 12 seasons playing in Philadelphia with the Eagles, and retired back in 2012 after 37 interceptions, 26 sacks and 1,169 tackles in 224 career games.
A nine-time Pro Bowler, he was named second-team All Pro once, and was a first-team All Pro four times.
Now he is a Hall of Famer.
Dawkins will head to the hall tonight, being recognized as one of the very best to ever play the game. One of Dawkins former teammates in Philadelphia, former all-pro long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, joined the Sports Bash this week and gave us a little perspective of what kind of mind-set Dawkins played with.
"He said he played every play as if he were a fan," Dorenbos said. "And not only that, but if he was a fan that was injured and could only play one play."
"If you told any fan that's an Eagles fan," Dorenbos continued. "Hey you're gonna have a separated shoulder, but we're gonna let you run down the kickoff one time in a game, every one of them is gonna say, yes.'
"That's how Brian Dawkins played."
We also had the chance to catch up with NBC Sports Philadelphia Eagles reporter Derrick Gunn, who cover Dawkins entire career in Philadelphia, and had the chance to sit down and talk to him before his big weekend in Canton, OH.
One of the things we discussed was Dawkins battle with depression, suicide thoughts and more.
It was a really deep look at the man known as Weaopn X.