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Watch: Brian Dawkins pumps up the Sixers

On the eve of their preseason opener, the Sixers had a special guest at practice: 

Brian Dawkins. 

Can you think of anyone better to give a young team a motivational speech? 

“He’s obviously one of the best to do it,” T.J. McConnell said. “I was kind of in awe to see how humble and how hard he worked. It makes you open your eyes and shows how hard you have to work to be great.”

Here are a few clips (courtesy of the Sixers):