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  6. article_body => "<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"public:\/\/archive\/assets_article\/philadelphia\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n"
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Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p><p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p><p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p><p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p><p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p><p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p><p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p><p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p><p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p><p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p><p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p><p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p><p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p><p>[[{\"fid\":\"916666\",\"view_mode\":\"default\",\"fields\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false},\"type\":\"media\",\"field_deltas\":{\"1\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false}},\"attributes\":{\"class\":\"media-element file-default\",\"data-delta\":\"1\"}}]]<\/p><p><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-842534e1-ebd7-ff4f-b729-9ae4251e9976\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"http:\/\/philly.nbcs.docksal\/sites\/csnphilly\/files\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. 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And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p><p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p><p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p><p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p><p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p><p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p><p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p><p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p><p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p><p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p><p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p><p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p><p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p><p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p><p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p><p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p><p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p><p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p><p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p><p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p><p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p><p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/b><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p>\n<p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p>\n<p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p>\n<p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p>\n<p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p>\n<p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p>\n<p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p>\n<p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p>\n<p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p>\n<p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p>\n<p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p>\n<p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p>\n<p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p><p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p><p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p><p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p><p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p><p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p><p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p><p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p><p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p><p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p><p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p><p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p><p>He continued:<\/p><p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;<i>really&nbsp;<\/i>had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p><p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p><p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p><p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p><p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p><p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p><p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p><h3><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h3><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame&nbsp;on Saturday, and you're going in with him.<\/p>\n<p>All of you.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Eagles fans from South Jersey, from South Philly, from Bucks County. From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p>\n<p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p>\n<p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p>\n<p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p>\n<p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p>\n<p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p>\n<p>He continued:<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;really&nbsp;had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p>\n<p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p>\n<h3><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p><p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p><p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p><p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p><p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p><p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p><p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p><h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2><ul><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Precisely 593 men have played football for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994.<\/p>\n<p>One stands out above all the others.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere\u2019s nobody better,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cI\u2019ve always said he\u2019s my favorite.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie led the Eagles contingent that arrived in Northeast Ohio&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;to support Brian Dawkins during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<\/p>\n<p>As he arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he 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They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p><p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p><p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p><p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p><p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p><p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p><p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p><p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p><p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p><p>[[{\"fid\":\"916666\",\"view_mode\":\"default\",\"fields\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false},\"type\":\"media\",\"field_deltas\":{\"1\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false}},\"attributes\":{\"class\":\"media-element file-default\",\"data-delta\":\"1\"}}]]<\/p><p><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-842534e1-ebd7-ff4f-b729-9ae4251e9976\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"http:\/\/philly.nbcs.docksal\/sites\/csnphilly\/files\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. 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And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p><p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p><p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p><p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p><p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p><p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p><p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p><p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p><p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p><p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p><p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p><p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p><p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p><p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p><p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p><p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p><p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p><p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p><p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p><p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p><p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p><p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/b><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p>\n<p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p>\n<p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p>\n<p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p>\n<p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p>\n<p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p>\n<p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p>\n<p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p>\n<p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p>\n<p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p>\n<p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p>\n<p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p>\n<p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p><p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p><p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p><p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p><p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p><p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p><p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p><p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p><p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p><p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p><p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p><p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p><p>He continued:<\/p><p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;<i>really&nbsp;<\/i>had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p><p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. 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Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p><p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p><h3><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h3><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p>\n<p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p>\n<p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p>\n<p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p>\n<p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p>\n<p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p>\n<p>He continued:<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;really&nbsp;had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p>\n<p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p>\n<h3><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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Big Red chartered a plane from Kansas City Chiefs training camp to see Dawkins get his gold jacket&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;night at a special Hall of Fame&nbsp;dinner. Reid had to fly back after the ceremony because he had to be back to lead an&nbsp;8 a.m. practice. Time\u2019s yours B-Dawk.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cI love Brian Dawkins,\" Reid said, \"and what he stands for.&nbsp;Pound for pound he is the toughest guy I\u2019ve ever coached.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins' former Eagles teammates were thrilled to see Reid and they reminisced about those teams with Weapon X. Hugh Douglas said he and Ike Reese couldn\u2019t stop talking about the fact that \u201cwe played with a Hall of Famer.\u201d<\/p><p>https:\/\/twitter.com\/JClarkNBCS\/status\/1025567975976394753<\/p><p>Douglas revealed he also went through some tough times<a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\" target=\"_blank\"> like Dawkins<\/a>, and B-Dawk was there for him.<\/p><p>\u201cI went through a dark time in my life, and he was a rock,\" Douglas said. \"He was there for me. I talked to him a lot.\u201d<\/p><p>Brian was their emotional and passionate leader. And they always witnessed the transformation from Brian off the field to \u201cIdiot Man\u201d on the field.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cBefore games, he would walk around, he was&nbsp;a zombie,\" Douglas said. \"When he put that helmet on, he became a different guy.\"&nbsp;<\/p><p>When he got his Hall of Fame jacket&nbsp;Friday night, Dawkins cried while leaving the stage.<\/p><p>&nbsp;\u201cTo see that same emotion he showed on the field, it was awesome,\" Reid said. \"He\u2019s so quiet. The juices get going with him.\u201d<\/p><p>Eagles fans, we are in for a passionate, epic speech Saturday night <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>. Dawkins says he has 30 minutes ready. I\u2019ve got the over in the amount of times he will get choked up.&nbsp;<\/p><h2><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h2><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>There was no chance Andy Reid would miss Brian Dawkins receive his Hall of Fame gold jacket. By John Clark<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>You want to know how much Brian Dawkins meant to former Eagles coach Andy Reid? Big Red chartered a plane from Kansas City Chiefs training camp to see Dawkins get his gold jacket&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;night at a special Hall of Fame&nbsp;dinner. Reid had to fly back after the ceremony because he had to be back to lead an&nbsp;8 a.m. practice. Time\u2019s yours B-Dawk.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI love Brian Dawkins,\" Reid said, \"and what he stands for.&nbsp;Pound for pound he is the toughest guy I\u2019ve ever coached.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins' former Eagles teammates were thrilled to see Reid and they reminisced about those teams with Weapon X. Hugh Douglas said he and Ike Reese couldn\u2019t stop talking about the fact that \u201cwe played with a Hall of Famer.\u201d<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Andy Reid chartered \u2708\ufe0f to come to see <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/BrianDawkins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@BrianDawkins<\/a> get his gold jacket tonight, \u2708\ufe0f back now for <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/Chiefs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@Chiefs<\/a> camp at 8am. Reunited with his former Eagles<br><br>Big Red says \u201cI love Brian Dawkins\u201d<br><br>\u201cPound for pound he is the toughest player I ever coached\u201d<a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/FlyEaglesFly?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#FlyEaglesFly<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/kQuaLVoGS4\">pic.twitter.com\/kQuaLVoGS4<\/a><\/p>&mdash; John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/JClarkNBCS\/status\/1025567975976394753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 4, 2018<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n\n<p>Douglas revealed he also went through some tough times<a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\" target=\"_blank\"> like Dawkins<\/a>, and B-Dawk was there for him.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI went through a dark time in my life, and he was a rock,\" Douglas said. \"He was there for me. I talked to him a lot.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Brian was their emotional and passionate leader. And they always witnessed the transformation from Brian off the field to \u201cIdiot Man\u201d on the field.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBefore games, he would walk around, he was&nbsp;a zombie,\" Douglas said. \"When he put that helmet on, he became a different guy.\"&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>When he got his Hall of Fame jacket&nbsp;Friday night, Dawkins cried while leaving the stage.<\/p>\n<p>&nbsp;\u201cTo see that same emotion he showed on the field, it was awesome,\" Reid said. \"He\u2019s so quiet. The juices get going with him.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Eagles fans, we are in for a passionate, epic speech Saturday night <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>. Dawkins says he has 30 minutes ready. I\u2019ve got the over in the amount of times he will get choked up.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>There was no chance Andy Reid would miss Brian Dawkins receive his Hall of Fame gold jacket. 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Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p><p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p><p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p><p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p><p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p><p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p><p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p><p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p><p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p><p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p><h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2><ul><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Precisely 593 men have played football for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994.<\/p>\n<p>One stands out above all the others.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere\u2019s nobody better,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cI\u2019ve always said he\u2019s my favorite.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie led the Eagles contingent that arrived in Northeast Ohio&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;to support Brian Dawkins during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<\/p>\n<p>As he arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>\n"}]},"field_author_reference":{"und":[{"tid":"971"}]},"field_bean_single_col":{"und":[{"target_id":"3116"}]},"field_chrome_page":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_date_published":{"und":[{"value":"2018-08-05 00:18:00","timezone":"America\/New_York","timezone_db":"UTC","date_type":"datetime"}]},"field_hero_image_credit":{"und":[{"value":"USA Today Images ","format":null,"safe_value":"USA Today Images 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Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p><p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p><p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p><p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p><p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p><p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p><p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p><p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p><p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p><p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p><p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p><p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p><p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p><p>[[{\"fid\":\"916666\",\"view_mode\":\"default\",\"fields\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false},\"type\":\"media\",\"field_deltas\":{\"1\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false}},\"attributes\":{\"class\":\"media-element file-default\",\"data-delta\":\"1\"}}]]<\/p><p><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-842534e1-ebd7-ff4f-b729-9ae4251e9976\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"http:\/\/philly.nbcs.docksal\/sites\/csnphilly\/files\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. 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And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p><p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p><p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p><p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p><p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p><p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p><p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p><p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p><p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p><p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p><p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p><p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p><p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p><p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p><p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p><p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p><p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p><p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p><p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p><p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p><p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p><p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/b><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p>\n<p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p>\n<p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p>\n<p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p>\n<p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p>\n<p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p>\n<p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p>\n<p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p>\n<p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p>\n<p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p>\n<p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p>\n<p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p>\n<p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p><p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p><p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p><p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p><p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p><p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p><p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p><p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p><p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p><p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p><p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p><p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p><p>He continued:<\/p><p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;<i>really&nbsp;<\/i>had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p><p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p><p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p><p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p><p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p><p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p><p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p><h3><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h3><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame&nbsp;on Saturday, and you're going in with him.<\/p>\n<p>All of you.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Eagles fans from South Jersey, from South Philly, from Bucks County. From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p>\n<p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p>\n<p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p>\n<p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p>\n<p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p>\n<p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p>\n<p>He continued:<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;really&nbsp;had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p>\n<p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p>\n<h3><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p><p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p><p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p><p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p><p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p><p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p><p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p><h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2><ul><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Precisely 593 men have played football for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994.<\/p>\n<p>One stands out above all the others.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere\u2019s nobody better,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cI\u2019ve always said he\u2019s my favorite.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie led the Eagles contingent that arrived in Northeast Ohio&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;to support Brian Dawkins during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<\/p>\n<p>As he arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he 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They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p><p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p><p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p><p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p><p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p><p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p><p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p><p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p><p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p><p>[[{\"fid\":\"916666\",\"view_mode\":\"default\",\"fields\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false},\"type\":\"media\",\"field_deltas\":{\"1\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false}},\"attributes\":{\"class\":\"media-element file-default\",\"data-delta\":\"1\"}}]]<\/p><p><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-842534e1-ebd7-ff4f-b729-9ae4251e9976\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"http:\/\/philly.nbcs.docksal\/sites\/csnphilly\/files\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. 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And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p><p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p><p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p><p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p><p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p><p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p><p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p><p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p><p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p><p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p><p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p><p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p><p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p><p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p><p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p><p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p><p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p><p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p><p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p><p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p><p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p><p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/b><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p>\n<p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p>\n<p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p>\n<p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p>\n<p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p>\n<p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p>\n<p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p>\n<p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p>\n<p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p>\n<p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p>\n<p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p>\n<p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p>\n<p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p><p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p><p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p><p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p><p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p><p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p><p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p><p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p><p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p><p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p><p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p><p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p><p>He continued:<\/p><p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;<i>really&nbsp;<\/i>had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p><p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. 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Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p><p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p><h3><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h3><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p>\n<p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p>\n<p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p>\n<p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p>\n<p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p>\n<p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p>\n<p>He continued:<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;really&nbsp;had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p>\n<p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p>\n<h3><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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Big Red chartered a plane from Kansas City Chiefs training camp to see Dawkins get his gold jacket&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;night at a special Hall of Fame&nbsp;dinner. Reid had to fly back after the ceremony because he had to be back to lead an&nbsp;8 a.m. practice. Time\u2019s yours B-Dawk.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cI love Brian Dawkins,\" Reid said, \"and what he stands for.&nbsp;Pound for pound he is the toughest guy I\u2019ve ever coached.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins' former Eagles teammates were thrilled to see Reid and they reminisced about those teams with Weapon X. Hugh Douglas said he and Ike Reese couldn\u2019t stop talking about the fact that \u201cwe played with a Hall of Famer.\u201d<\/p><p>https:\/\/twitter.com\/JClarkNBCS\/status\/1025567975976394753<\/p><p>Douglas revealed he also went through some tough times<a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\" target=\"_blank\"> like Dawkins<\/a>, and B-Dawk was there for him.<\/p><p>\u201cI went through a dark time in my life, and he was a rock,\" Douglas said. \"He was there for me. I talked to him a lot.\u201d<\/p><p>Brian was their emotional and passionate leader. And they always witnessed the transformation from Brian off the field to \u201cIdiot Man\u201d on the field.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cBefore games, he would walk around, he was&nbsp;a zombie,\" Douglas said. \"When he put that helmet on, he became a different guy.\"&nbsp;<\/p><p>When he got his Hall of Fame jacket&nbsp;Friday night, Dawkins cried while leaving the stage.<\/p><p>&nbsp;\u201cTo see that same emotion he showed on the field, it was awesome,\" Reid said. \"He\u2019s so quiet. The juices get going with him.\u201d<\/p><p>Eagles fans, we are in for a passionate, epic speech Saturday night <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>. Dawkins says he has 30 minutes ready. I\u2019ve got the over in the amount of times he will get choked up.&nbsp;<\/p><h2><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h2><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>There was no chance Andy Reid would miss Brian Dawkins receive his Hall of Fame gold jacket. By John Clark<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>You want to know how much Brian Dawkins meant to former Eagles coach Andy Reid? Big Red chartered a plane from Kansas City Chiefs training camp to see Dawkins get his gold jacket&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;night at a special Hall of Fame&nbsp;dinner. Reid had to fly back after the ceremony because he had to be back to lead an&nbsp;8 a.m. practice. Time\u2019s yours B-Dawk.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI love Brian Dawkins,\" Reid said, \"and what he stands for.&nbsp;Pound for pound he is the toughest guy I\u2019ve ever coached.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins' former Eagles teammates were thrilled to see Reid and they reminisced about those teams with Weapon X. Hugh Douglas said he and Ike Reese couldn\u2019t stop talking about the fact that \u201cwe played with a Hall of Famer.\u201d<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Andy Reid chartered \u2708\ufe0f to come to see <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/BrianDawkins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@BrianDawkins<\/a> get his gold jacket tonight, \u2708\ufe0f back now for <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/Chiefs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@Chiefs<\/a> camp at 8am. Reunited with his former Eagles<br><br>Big Red says \u201cI love Brian Dawkins\u201d<br><br>\u201cPound for pound he is the toughest player I ever coached\u201d<a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/FlyEaglesFly?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#FlyEaglesFly<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/kQuaLVoGS4\">pic.twitter.com\/kQuaLVoGS4<\/a><\/p>&mdash; John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/JClarkNBCS\/status\/1025567975976394753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 4, 2018<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n\n<p>Douglas revealed he also went through some tough times<a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\" target=\"_blank\"> like Dawkins<\/a>, and B-Dawk was there for him.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI went through a dark time in my life, and he was a rock,\" Douglas said. \"He was there for me. I talked to him a lot.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Brian was their emotional and passionate leader. And they always witnessed the transformation from Brian off the field to \u201cIdiot Man\u201d on the field.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBefore games, he would walk around, he was&nbsp;a zombie,\" Douglas said. \"When he put that helmet on, he became a different guy.\"&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>When he got his Hall of Fame jacket&nbsp;Friday night, Dawkins cried while leaving the stage.<\/p>\n<p>&nbsp;\u201cTo see that same emotion he showed on the field, it was awesome,\" Reid said. \"He\u2019s so quiet. The juices get going with him.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Eagles fans, we are in for a passionate, epic speech Saturday night <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>. Dawkins says he has 30 minutes ready. I\u2019ve got the over in the amount of times he will get choked up.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>There was no chance Andy Reid would miss Brian Dawkins receive his Hall of Fame gold jacket. 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Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p><p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p><p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p><p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p><p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p><p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p><p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p><p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p><p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p><p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p><h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2><ul><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Precisely 593 men have played football for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994.<\/p>\n<p>One stands out above all the others.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere\u2019s nobody better,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cI\u2019ve always said he\u2019s my favorite.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie led the Eagles contingent that arrived in Northeast Ohio&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;to support Brian Dawkins during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<\/p>\n<p>As he arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>\n"}]},"field_author_reference":{"und":[{"tid":"971"}]},"field_bean_single_col":{"und":[{"target_id":"3116"}]},"field_chrome_page":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_date_published":{"und":[{"value":"2018-08-05 00:18:00","timezone":"America\/New_York","timezone_db":"UTC","date_type":"datetime"}]},"field_hero_image_credit":{"und":[{"value":"USA Today Images ","format":null,"safe_value":"USA Today Images "}]},"field_image":{"und":[{"fid":"930471","uid":"31941","filename":"usa_brian_dawkins_jeffrey_lurie_slide.jpg","uri":"public:\/\/2018\/08\/04\/usa_brian_dawkins_jeffrey_lurie_slide.jpg","filemime":"image\/jpeg","filesize":"197425","status":"1","timestamp":"1533426403","origname":"usa_brian_dawkins_jeffrey_lurie_slide.jpg","type":"image","field_file_image_alt_text":{"und":[{"value":"Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Dawkins, Jeffrey Lurie","format":null,"safe_value":"Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Dawkins, Jeffrey Lurie"}]},"field_file_image_title_text":{"und":[{"value":null,"format":null,"safe_value":""}]},"_drafty_revision_requested":"FIELD_LOAD_CURRENT","metatags":[],"alt":"Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Dawkins, Jeffrey Lurie","metadata":{"height":844,"width":1500},"height":"844","width":"1500","title":null}]},"field_league":{"und":[{"tid":"166"}]},"field_section":{"und":[{"tid":"171"}]},"field_short_title":{"und":[{"value":"Why Brian Dawkins is Jeffrey Lurie's favorite Eagle","format":null,"safe_value":"Why Brian Dawkins is Jeffrey Lurie&#039;s favorite Eagle"}]},"field_sponsor":[],"field_sport":{"und":[{"tid":"161"}]},"field_tags":{"und":[{"tid":"421"},{"tid":"7611"},{"tid":"27831"},{"tid":"3456"},{"tid":"24871"},{"tid":"406"}]},"field_team":{"und":[{"tid":"131"}]},"field_top_story":{"und":[{"value":"1"}]},"field_video_autoplay":{"und":[{"value":"1"}]},"field_videos":{"und":[{"target_id":"655121"}]},"field_tags_hide":[],"field_video_automute":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_editorial_category":{"und":[{"value":"other_news"}]},"field_allow_lld_domains":[],"field_enable_stanza":[],"field_exclude_from_yahoo":[],"_drafty_revision_requested":"FIELD_LOAD_CURRENT","metatags":{"und":{"news_keywords":{"value":"Brian Dawkins, Brian Dawkins Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Eagles, Jeffrey Lurie, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Reuben Frank"}}},"path":{"pathauto":"1"},"name":"nlevick","picture":"0","data":"b:0;"},"access":true}]},"field_primary_display":[],"field_section":[],"field_show":[],"field_sport":[],"field_tags":[],"field_team":[],"field_author_reference":[],"field_archive":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_mc_auto_mute":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_mc_cont_play":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_mc_media_file_title":[],"field_mc_vod_player_id":[],"field_media_file_id":[],"field_mediacard_autoplay":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_display_desktop_large_only":[],"field_hide_on_mobile":[],"_drafty_revision_requested":"FIELD_LOAD_CURRENT","entity_view_prepared":true},"#items":[{"target_id":"653866","entity":{"vid":"697711","uid":"571","title":"Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression","log":"","status":"1","comment":"0","promote":"0","sticky":"0","nid":"653866","type":"article","language":"und","created":"1532961214","changed":"1532989281","tnid":"0","translate":"0","published":"1532966700","revision_timestamp":"1532989281","revision_uid":"156","body":{"und":[{"value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p><p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p><p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p><p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p><p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p><p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p><p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p><p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p><p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p><p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p><p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p><p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p><p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p><p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p><p>[[{\"fid\":\"916666\",\"view_mode\":\"default\",\"fields\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false},\"type\":\"media\",\"field_deltas\":{\"1\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false}},\"attributes\":{\"class\":\"media-element file-default\",\"data-delta\":\"1\"}}]]<\/p><p><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-842534e1-ebd7-ff4f-b729-9ae4251e9976\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"http:\/\/philly.nbcs.docksal\/sites\/csnphilly\/files\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>\n"}]},"field_author_reference":{"und":[{"tid":"1016"}]},"field_bean_single_col":{"und":[{"target_id":"3116"}]},"field_chrome_page":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_date_published":{"und":[{"value":"2018-07-30 16:05:00","timezone":"America\/New_York","timezone_db":"UTC","date_type":"datetime"}]},"field_hero_image_credit":{"und":[{"value":"NBC Sports Philadelphia ","format":null,"safe_value":"NBC Sports Philadelphia "}]},"field_image":{"und":[{"fid":"916521","uid":"571","filename":"1500x845_bd_story.jpg","uri":"public:\/\/2018\/07\/30\/1500x845_bd_story.jpg","filemime":"image\/jpeg","filesize":"652161","status":"1","timestamp":"1532960980","origname":"1500x845_bd_story.jpg","type":"image","field_file_image_alt_text":{"und":[{"value":null,"format":null,"safe_value":""}]},"field_file_image_title_text":{"und":[{"value":null,"format":null,"safe_value":""}]},"_drafty_revision_requested":"FIELD_LOAD_CURRENT","metadata":{"height":845,"width":1500},"height":"845","width":"1500","alt":null,"title":null}]},"field_league":{"und":[{"tid":"166"}]},"field_section":{"und":[{"tid":"171"}]},"field_short_title":{"und":[{"value":"Brian Dawkins reveals career-long battle with depression","format":null,"safe_value":"Brian Dawkins reveals career-long battle with depression"}]},"field_sponsor":[],"field_sport":{"und":[{"tid":"161"}]},"field_tags":{"und":[{"tid":"3781"},{"tid":"27831"},{"tid":"3456"},{"tid":"406"}]},"field_team":{"und":[{"tid":"131"}]},"field_top_story":{"und":[{"value":"1"}]},"field_video_autoplay":{"und":[{"value":"1"}]},"field_videos":{"und":[{"target_id":"653886"}]},"field_tags_hide":[],"field_video_automute":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_editorial_category":{"und":[{"value":"other_news"}]},"field_allow_lld_domains":[],"field_enable_stanza":[],"field_exclude_from_yahoo":[],"_drafty_revision_requested":"FIELD_LOAD_CURRENT","path":{"pathauto":"1"},"name":"phudrick","picture":"0","data":"b:0;"},"access":true},{"target_id":"654351","entity":{"vid":"698241","uid":"266","title":"Without Jim Johnson, there is no Hall of Fame for Brian Dawkins","log":"","status":"1","comment":"0","promote":"0","sticky":"0","nid":"654351","type":"article","language":"und","created":"1533134636","changed":"1533171123","tnid":"0","translate":"0","published":"1533135000","revision_timestamp":"1533171123","revision_uid":"156","body":{"und":[{"value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p><p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p><p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p><p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p><p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p><p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p><p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p><p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p><p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p><p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p><p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p><p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p><p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p><p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p><p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p><p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p><p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p><p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p><p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p><p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p><p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p><p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p><p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p><p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/b><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p>\n<p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p>\n<p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p>\n<p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p>\n<p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p>\n<p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p>\n<p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p>\n<p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p>\n<p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p>\n<p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p>\n<p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p>\n<p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p>\n<p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p><p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p><p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p><p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p><p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p><p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p><p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p><p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p><p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p><p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p><p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p><p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p><p>He continued:<\/p><p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;<i>really&nbsp;<\/i>had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p><p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p><p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p><p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p><p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p><p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p><p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p><h3><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h3><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame&nbsp;on Saturday, and you're going in with him.<\/p>\n<p>All of you.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Eagles fans from South Jersey, from South Philly, from Bucks County. From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p>\n<p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p>\n<p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p>\n<p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p>\n<p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p>\n<p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p>\n<p>He continued:<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;really&nbsp;had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p>\n<p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p>\n<h3><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p><p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p><p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p><p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p><p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p><p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p><p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p><p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p><p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p><p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p><h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2><ul><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Precisely 593 men have played football for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994.<\/p>\n<p>One stands out above all the others.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere\u2019s nobody better,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cI\u2019ve always said he\u2019s my favorite.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie led the Eagles contingent that arrived in Northeast Ohio&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;to support Brian Dawkins during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<\/p>\n<p>As he arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>\n"}]},"field_author_reference":{"und":[{"tid":"971"}]},"field_bean_single_col":{"und":[{"target_id":"3116"}]},"field_chrome_page":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_date_published":{"und":[{"value":"2018-08-05 00:18:00","timezone":"America\/New_York","timezone_db":"UTC","date_type":"datetime"}]},"field_hero_image_credit":{"und":[{"value":"USA Today Images ","format":null,"safe_value":"USA Today Images "}]},"field_image":{"und":[{"fid":"930471","uid":"31941","filename":"usa_brian_dawkins_jeffrey_lurie_slide.jpg","uri":"public:\/\/2018\/08\/04\/usa_brian_dawkins_jeffrey_lurie_slide.jpg","filemime":"image\/jpeg","filesize":"197425","status":"1","timestamp":"1533426403","origname":"usa_brian_dawkins_jeffrey_lurie_slide.jpg","type":"image","field_file_image_alt_text":{"und":[{"value":"Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Dawkins, Jeffrey Lurie","format":null,"safe_value":"Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Dawkins, Jeffrey Lurie"}]},"field_file_image_title_text":{"und":[{"value":null,"format":null,"safe_value":""}]},"_drafty_revision_requested":"FIELD_LOAD_CURRENT","metatags":[],"alt":"Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Dawkins, Jeffrey Lurie","metadata":{"height":844,"width":1500},"height":"844","width":"1500","title":null}]},"field_league":{"und":[{"tid":"166"}]},"field_section":{"und":[{"tid":"171"}]},"field_short_title":{"und":[{"value":"Why Brian Dawkins is Jeffrey Lurie's favorite Eagle","format":null,"safe_value":"Why Brian Dawkins is Jeffrey Lurie&#039;s favorite Eagle"}]},"field_sponsor":[],"field_sport":{"und":[{"tid":"161"}]},"field_tags":{"und":[{"tid":"421"},{"tid":"7611"},{"tid":"27831"},{"tid":"3456"},{"tid":"24871"},{"tid":"406"}]},"field_team":{"und":[{"tid":"131"}]},"field_top_story":{"und":[{"value":"1"}]},"field_video_autoplay":{"und":[{"value":"1"}]},"field_videos":{"und":[{"target_id":"655121"}]},"field_tags_hide":[],"field_video_automute":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_editorial_category":{"und":[{"value":"other_news"}]},"field_allow_lld_domains":[],"field_enable_stanza":[],"field_exclude_from_yahoo":[],"_drafty_revision_requested":"FIELD_LOAD_CURRENT","metatags":{"und":{"news_keywords":{"value":"Brian Dawkins, Brian Dawkins Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Eagles, Jeffrey Lurie, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Reuben Frank"}}},"path":{"pathauto":"1"},"name":"nlevick","picture":"0","data":"b:0;"},"access":true}],"#formatter":"entityreference_label","0":{"#theme":"entityreference_label","#label":"Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression","#item":{"target_id":"653866","entity":{"vid":"697711","uid":"571","title":"Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression","log":"","status":"1","comment":"0","promote":"0","sticky":"0","nid":"653866","type":"article","language":"und","created":"1532961214","changed":"1532989281","tnid":"0","translate":"0","published":"1532966700","revision_timestamp":"1532989281","revision_uid":"156","body":{"und":[{"value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p><p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p><p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p><p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p><p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p><p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p><p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p><p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p><p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p><p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p><p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p><p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p><p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p><p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p><p>[[{\"fid\":\"916666\",\"view_mode\":\"default\",\"fields\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false},\"type\":\"media\",\"field_deltas\":{\"1\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false}},\"attributes\":{\"class\":\"media-element file-default\",\"data-delta\":\"1\"}}]]<\/p><p><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-842534e1-ebd7-ff4f-b729-9ae4251e9976\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"http:\/\/philly.nbcs.docksal\/sites\/csnphilly\/files\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. 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And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p><p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p><p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p><p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p><p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p><p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p><p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p><p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p><p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p><p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p><p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p><p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p><p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p><p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p><p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p><p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p><p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p><p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p><p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p><p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p><p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p><p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/b><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p>\n<p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p>\n<p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p>\n<p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p>\n<p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p>\n<p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p>\n<p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p>\n<p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p>\n<p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p>\n<p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p>\n<p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p>\n<p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p>\n<p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p><p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p><p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p><p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p><p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p><p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p><p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p><p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p><p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p><p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p><p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p><p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p><p>He continued:<\/p><p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;<i>really&nbsp;<\/i>had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p><p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p>\n<p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p>\n<p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p>\n<p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p>\n<p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p>\n<p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p>\n<p>He continued:<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;really&nbsp;had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. 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Big Red chartered a plane from Kansas City Chiefs training camp to see Dawkins get his gold jacket&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;night at a special Hall of Fame&nbsp;dinner. Reid had to fly back after the ceremony because he had to be back to lead an&nbsp;8 a.m. practice. Time\u2019s yours B-Dawk.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cI love Brian Dawkins,\" Reid said, \"and what he stands for.&nbsp;Pound for pound he is the toughest guy I\u2019ve ever coached.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins' former Eagles teammates were thrilled to see Reid and they reminisced about those teams with Weapon X. Hugh Douglas said he and Ike Reese couldn\u2019t stop talking about the fact that \u201cwe played with a Hall of Famer.\u201d<\/p><p>https:\/\/twitter.com\/JClarkNBCS\/status\/1025567975976394753<\/p><p>Douglas revealed he also went through some tough times<a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\" target=\"_blank\"> like Dawkins<\/a>, and B-Dawk was there for him.<\/p><p>\u201cI went through a dark time in my life, and he was a rock,\" Douglas said. \"He was there for me. I talked to him a lot.\u201d<\/p><p>Brian was their emotional and passionate leader. And they always witnessed the transformation from Brian off the field to \u201cIdiot Man\u201d on the field.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cBefore games, he would walk around, he was&nbsp;a zombie,\" Douglas said. \"When he put that helmet on, he became a different guy.\"&nbsp;<\/p><p>When he got his Hall of Fame jacket&nbsp;Friday night, Dawkins cried while leaving the stage.<\/p><p>&nbsp;\u201cTo see that same emotion he showed on the field, it was awesome,\" Reid said. \"He\u2019s so quiet. The juices get going with him.\u201d<\/p><p>Eagles fans, we are in for a passionate, epic speech Saturday night <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>. Dawkins says he has 30 minutes ready. I\u2019ve got the over in the amount of times he will get choked up.&nbsp;<\/p><h2><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h2><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>There was no chance Andy Reid would miss Brian Dawkins receive his Hall of Fame gold jacket. 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Hugh Douglas said he and Ike Reese couldn\u2019t stop talking about the fact that \u201cwe played with a Hall of Famer.\u201d<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Andy Reid chartered \u2708\ufe0f to come to see <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/BrianDawkins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@BrianDawkins<\/a> get his gold jacket tonight, \u2708\ufe0f back now for <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/Chiefs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@Chiefs<\/a> camp at 8am. Reunited with his former Eagles<br><br>Big Red says \u201cI love Brian Dawkins\u201d<br><br>\u201cPound for pound he is the toughest player I ever coached\u201d<a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/FlyEaglesFly?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#FlyEaglesFly<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/kQuaLVoGS4\">pic.twitter.com\/kQuaLVoGS4<\/a><\/p>&mdash; John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/JClarkNBCS\/status\/1025567975976394753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 4, 2018<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n\n<p>Douglas revealed he also went through some tough times<a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\" target=\"_blank\"> like Dawkins<\/a>, and B-Dawk was there for him.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI went through a dark time in my life, and he was a rock,\" Douglas said. \"He was there for me. 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I\u2019ve got the over in the amount of times he will get choked up.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>There was no chance Andy Reid would miss Brian Dawkins receive his Hall of Fame gold jacket. 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It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p><p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p><p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p><p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p><p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p><p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p><p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p><h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2><ul><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Precisely 593 men have played football for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994.<\/p>\n<p>One stands out above all the others.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere\u2019s nobody better,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cI\u2019ve always said he\u2019s my favorite.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie led the Eagles contingent that arrived in Northeast Ohio&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;to support Brian Dawkins during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<\/p>\n<p>As he arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>\n"}]},"field_author_reference":{"und":[{"tid":"971"}]},"field_bean_single_col":{"und":[{"target_id":"3116"}]},"field_chrome_page":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_date_published":{"und":[{"value":"2018-08-05 00:18:00","timezone":"America\/New_York","timezone_db":"UTC","date_type":"datetime"}]},"field_hero_image_credit":{"und":[{"value":"USA Today Images ","format":null,"safe_value":"USA Today Images 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Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p><p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p><p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p><p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p><p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p><p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p><p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p><p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p><p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p><p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p><p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p><p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p><p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p><p>[[{\"fid\":\"916666\",\"view_mode\":\"default\",\"fields\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false},\"type\":\"media\",\"field_deltas\":{\"1\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false}},\"attributes\":{\"class\":\"media-element file-default\",\"data-delta\":\"1\"}}]]<\/p><p><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-842534e1-ebd7-ff4f-b729-9ae4251e9976\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"http:\/\/philly.nbcs.docksal\/sites\/csnphilly\/files\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. 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And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p><p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p><p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p><p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p><p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p><p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p><p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p><p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p><p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p><p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p><p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p><p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p><p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p><p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p><p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p><p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p><p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p><p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p><p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p><p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p><p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p><p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/b><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p>\n<p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p>\n<p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p>\n<p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p>\n<p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p>\n<p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p>\n<p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p>\n<p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p>\n<p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p>\n<p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p>\n<p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p>\n<p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p>\n<p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p><p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p><p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p><p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p><p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p><p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p><p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p><p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p><p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p><p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p><p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p><p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p><p>He continued:<\/p><p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;<i>really&nbsp;<\/i>had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p><p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p><p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p><p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p><p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p><p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p><p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p><h3><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h3><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame&nbsp;on Saturday, and you're going in with him.<\/p>\n<p>All of you.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Eagles fans from South Jersey, from South Philly, from Bucks County. From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p>\n<p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p>\n<p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p>\n<p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p>\n<p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p>\n<p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p>\n<p>He continued:<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;really&nbsp;had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p>\n<p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p>\n<h3><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p><p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p><p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p><p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p><p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p><p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p><p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p><h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2><ul><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Precisely 593 men have played football for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994.<\/p>\n<p>One stands out above all the others.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere\u2019s nobody better,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cI\u2019ve always said he\u2019s my favorite.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie led the Eagles contingent that arrived in Northeast Ohio&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;to support Brian Dawkins during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<\/p>\n<p>As he arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he 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They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p><p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p><p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p><p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p><p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p><p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p><p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p><p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p><p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p><p>[[{\"fid\":\"916666\",\"view_mode\":\"default\",\"fields\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false},\"type\":\"media\",\"field_deltas\":{\"1\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false}},\"attributes\":{\"class\":\"media-element file-default\",\"data-delta\":\"1\"}}]]<\/p><p><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-842534e1-ebd7-ff4f-b729-9ae4251e9976\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"http:\/\/philly.nbcs.docksal\/sites\/csnphilly\/files\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. 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And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p><p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p><p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p><p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p><p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p><p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p><p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p><p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p><p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p><p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p><p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p><p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p><p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p><p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p><p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p><p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p><p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p><p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p><p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p><p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p><p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p><p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/b><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p>\n<p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p>\n<p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p>\n<p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p>\n<p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p>\n<p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p>\n<p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p>\n<p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p>\n<p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p>\n<p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p>\n<p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p>\n<p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p>\n<p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p><p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p><p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p><p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p><p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p><p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p><p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p><p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p><p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p><p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p><p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p><p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p><p>He continued:<\/p><p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;<i>really&nbsp;<\/i>had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p><p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. 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Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p><p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p><h3><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h3><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p>\n<p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p>\n<p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p>\n<p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p>\n<p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p>\n<p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p>\n<p>He continued:<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;really&nbsp;had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p>\n<p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p>\n<h3><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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Big Red chartered a plane from Kansas City Chiefs training camp to see Dawkins get his gold jacket&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;night at a special Hall of Fame&nbsp;dinner. Reid had to fly back after the ceremony because he had to be back to lead an&nbsp;8 a.m. practice. Time\u2019s yours B-Dawk.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cI love Brian Dawkins,\" Reid said, \"and what he stands for.&nbsp;Pound for pound he is the toughest guy I\u2019ve ever coached.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins' former Eagles teammates were thrilled to see Reid and they reminisced about those teams with Weapon X. Hugh Douglas said he and Ike Reese couldn\u2019t stop talking about the fact that \u201cwe played with a Hall of Famer.\u201d<\/p><p>https:\/\/twitter.com\/JClarkNBCS\/status\/1025567975976394753<\/p><p>Douglas revealed he also went through some tough times<a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\" target=\"_blank\"> like Dawkins<\/a>, and B-Dawk was there for him.<\/p><p>\u201cI went through a dark time in my life, and he was a rock,\" Douglas said. \"He was there for me. I talked to him a lot.\u201d<\/p><p>Brian was their emotional and passionate leader. And they always witnessed the transformation from Brian off the field to \u201cIdiot Man\u201d on the field.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cBefore games, he would walk around, he was&nbsp;a zombie,\" Douglas said. \"When he put that helmet on, he became a different guy.\"&nbsp;<\/p><p>When he got his Hall of Fame jacket&nbsp;Friday night, Dawkins cried while leaving the stage.<\/p><p>&nbsp;\u201cTo see that same emotion he showed on the field, it was awesome,\" Reid said. \"He\u2019s so quiet. The juices get going with him.\u201d<\/p><p>Eagles fans, we are in for a passionate, epic speech Saturday night <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>. Dawkins says he has 30 minutes ready. I\u2019ve got the over in the amount of times he will get choked up.&nbsp;<\/p><h2><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h2><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>There was no chance Andy Reid would miss Brian Dawkins receive his Hall of Fame gold jacket. By John Clark<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>You want to know how much Brian Dawkins meant to former Eagles coach Andy Reid? Big Red chartered a plane from Kansas City Chiefs training camp to see Dawkins get his gold jacket&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;night at a special Hall of Fame&nbsp;dinner. Reid had to fly back after the ceremony because he had to be back to lead an&nbsp;8 a.m. practice. Time\u2019s yours B-Dawk.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI love Brian Dawkins,\" Reid said, \"and what he stands for.&nbsp;Pound for pound he is the toughest guy I\u2019ve ever coached.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins' former Eagles teammates were thrilled to see Reid and they reminisced about those teams with Weapon X. Hugh Douglas said he and Ike Reese couldn\u2019t stop talking about the fact that \u201cwe played with a Hall of Famer.\u201d<\/p>\n<p><blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Andy Reid chartered \u2708\ufe0f to come to see <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/BrianDawkins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@BrianDawkins<\/a> get his gold jacket tonight, \u2708\ufe0f back now for <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/Chiefs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@Chiefs<\/a> camp at 8am. Reunited with his former Eagles<br><br>Big Red says \u201cI love Brian Dawkins\u201d<br><br>\u201cPound for pound he is the toughest player I ever coached\u201d<a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/FlyEaglesFly?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#FlyEaglesFly<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/kQuaLVoGS4\">pic.twitter.com\/kQuaLVoGS4<\/a><\/p>&mdash; John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/JClarkNBCS\/status\/1025567975976394753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">August 4, 2018<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n\n<p>Douglas revealed he also went through some tough times<a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\" target=\"_blank\"> like Dawkins<\/a>, and B-Dawk was there for him.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI went through a dark time in my life, and he was a rock,\" Douglas said. \"He was there for me. I talked to him a lot.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Brian was their emotional and passionate leader. And they always witnessed the transformation from Brian off the field to \u201cIdiot Man\u201d on the field.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBefore games, he would walk around, he was&nbsp;a zombie,\" Douglas said. \"When he put that helmet on, he became a different guy.\"&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>When he got his Hall of Fame jacket&nbsp;Friday night, Dawkins cried while leaving the stage.<\/p>\n<p>&nbsp;\u201cTo see that same emotion he showed on the field, it was awesome,\" Reid said. \"He\u2019s so quiet. The juices get going with him.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Eagles fans, we are in for a passionate, epic speech Saturday night <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>. Dawkins says he has 30 minutes ready. I\u2019ve got the over in the amount of times he will get choked up.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>There was no chance Andy Reid would miss Brian Dawkins receive his Hall of Fame gold jacket. 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Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p><p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p><p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p><p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p><p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p><p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p><p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p><p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p><p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p><p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p><h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2><ul><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Precisely 593 men have played football for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994.<\/p>\n<p>One stands out above all the others.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere\u2019s nobody better,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cI\u2019ve always said he\u2019s my favorite.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie led the Eagles contingent that arrived in Northeast Ohio&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;to support Brian Dawkins during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<\/p>\n<p>As he arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>\n"}]},"field_author_reference":{"und":[{"tid":"971"}]},"field_bean_single_col":{"und":[{"target_id":"3116"}]},"field_chrome_page":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_date_published":{"und":[{"value":"2018-08-05 00:18:00","timezone":"America\/New_York","timezone_db":"UTC","date_type":"datetime"}]},"field_hero_image_credit":{"und":[{"value":"USA Today Images ","format":null,"safe_value":"USA Today Images 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Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p><p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p><p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p><p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p><p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p><p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p><p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p><p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p><p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p><p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p><p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p><p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p><p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p><p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p><p>[[{\"fid\":\"916666\",\"view_mode\":\"default\",\"fields\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false},\"type\":\"media\",\"field_deltas\":{\"1\":{\"format\":\"default\",\"field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]\":false,\"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]\":false}},\"attributes\":{\"class\":\"media-element file-default\",\"data-delta\":\"1\"}}]]<\/p><p><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-842534e1-ebd7-ff4f-b729-9ae4251e9976\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. By Derrick Gunn<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos.<\/p>\n<p>He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was \"Weapon X.\"<\/p>\n<p>But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself \u2014 an issue few people knew about.<\/p>\n<p>Recently, I spent a day at his home in Parker, Colorado, discussing his past, his career and soon-to-be Hall of Fame induction. Our conversation began with the shocking revelation of how he almost buckled under the pressures of his life and how he almost reached a point of no return. I asked him to describe exactly what he was going through.<\/p>\n<p>\"When you're a newlywed, that's tough in itself,\" Dawkins said. \"You have your way of doing things and your spouse has their way, and there are some things that clash in between. But I also had issues growing up period with my anger issues. Not being able to deal with some of the things like the extra energy I had.<\/p>\n<p>\"I had troubles channeling that anger in the right direction. They would come out in outbursts, and because I'm a quiet individual, and as men, we don't talk \u2026 anyway, I talked even less, and so all that stuff was bounding up. When you don't have answers, it comes out in different ways. During that first year, I had a lot of pressures from family members, being a newlywed, my son, Brian, was born.<\/p>\n<p>\"We're new parents with a colicky baby, so there's no sleep, and then, there were pressures on the job. Emmitt Thomas (his defensive coordinator) was constantly on me pushing me to be better because he saw more in me than I was putting out, to be honest.<\/p>\n<p>\"Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed to, and that quickly spiraled down into depression. I went through a real dark, deep depression. Alcohol was a tremendous crutch. There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son.<\/p>\n<p>\"I just wanted to be in a dark room by myself with nobody. My room, I won't say was a frequent occurrence, but it was something I would do. My faith back then wasn't that strong, so I listened to the other voice in my head, and that's where suicidal thoughts came in, and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy.\"<\/p>\n<p>Thomas and his wife eventually aided Dawkins in getting help. Dawkins began to see a psychiatrist and also began taking medication for his depression. The meds helped calm him down, but he wasn't himself.<\/p>\n<p>\"The pain I was feeling was tremendous,\" Dawkins said. \"But then, I found a way to control it. I rededicated my life. Being able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord, completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became.\"<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is winning the biggest battle of his life against depression.<\/p>\n<p>\"That feeling is always there to this day,\" Dawkins said. \"It's just waiting for you to feel so sorry for yourself that you can come back down and start having those same feelings again. My faith is strong enough now that I can tell that part of me to shut up and that's now who I am.\"<\/p>\n<p>To hear more of my conversation with Dawkins, tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m. on Aug.&nbsp;1 for \"<em>SNC Special: Brian Dawkins Enshrined.\"&nbsp;<\/em><\/p>\n<p><em><a href=\"https:\/\/suicidepreventionlifeline.org\/\">The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24\/7\/365<\/a><strong>. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).<\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n<p><div class=\"media media-element-container media-default\"><div id=\"file-916666\" class=\"file file-image file-image-jpeg\">\r\n\r\n <h2 class=\"element-invisible\"><a href=\"\/files\/1920x1080wed63010jpg\">1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg<\/a><\/h2>\r\n \r\n \r\n <div class=\"content\">\r\n <img class=\"media-element file-default\" data-delta=\"1\" src=\"http:\/\/philly.nbcs.docksal\/sites\/csnphilly\/files\/1920x1080_wed_630_10.jpg\" width=\"1920\" height=\"1080\" alt=\"\" \/> <\/div>\r\n\r\n \r\n<\/div>\r\n<\/div><\/p>\n<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame\" ping=\"\/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/hit-brian-dawkins-remembers-most-wasnt-alge-crumpler-pro-football-hall-of-fame&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjFkqHulMfcAhWRdd8KHSYyCg8QqQIILigAMAI\">The hit&nbsp;Brian Dawkins&nbsp;remembers most, and it wasn't Alge Crumpler<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/pro-football-hall-fame-induction-nearing-brian-dawkins-realizes-hes-just-like-eagles-fans\" target=\"_blank\">With Hall of Fame induction nearing, Brian Dawkins realizes he's just like you<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>As Brian Dawkins prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he reflects on the demons he faced&nbsp;early in his career. 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And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p><p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p><p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p><p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p><p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p><p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p><p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p><p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p><p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p><p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p><p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p><p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p><p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p><p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p><p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p><p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p><p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p><p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p><p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p><p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p><p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p><p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p><p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p><p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p><h3 dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/b><\/h3><ul><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><b id=\"docs-internal-guid-b195cc66-efbb-8bf4-97d3-abc5b6ee4c5f\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/b><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><li dir=\"ltr\"><p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>When Brian Dawkins enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, Jim Johnson will be right there with him.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson and Dawkins were quite a team during their decade together.<\/p>\n<p>In fact, until he met up with Dawkins, Johnson was a highly regarded defensive coach but not well-known nationally and certainly not yet a legend. And until he met up with Johnson, Dawk was a very good safety but hadn\u2019t made a Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Together? They were unstoppable.<\/p>\n<p>The Eagles drafted Dawkins in the second round in 1996, and three years later, Johnson became defensive coordinator under new head coach Andy Reid.<\/p>\n<p>For the next decade, Johnson and Dawkins brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>Johnson developed a reputation as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history and Dawkins became one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.<\/p>\n<p>Technically, it will be Dawkins going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night. But you know Johnson, proud as can be, will be standing up there, too.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWithout Jim using me the way he used me, I think I would have still had a good career,\u201d Dawkins said recently.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBut if you look at my ability to affect the game in pretty much every statistical category, that had a lot to do with Jim running the defense kind of through me a lot of times, and that\u2019s unheard of, for a defensive coordinator to run the defense through a safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>From opening day 1999 through the 2008 NFC Championship Game in Arizona, Dawkins and Johnson were together every step of&nbsp;the way.<\/p>\n<p>During that 10-year period, the Eagles went to the playoffs seven times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and were the winningest team in the NFC at 97-62-1.<\/p>\n<p>The defense was ranked sixth in the NFL during that span, recording the second-most sacks in the NFL and sixth-most takeaways.<\/p>\n<p>After the 2008 season, Johnson died tragically after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawkins signed as a free agent with the Broncos after an acrimonious contract negotiation.<\/p>\n<p>It was the end of an era, and it would be nearly another decade until the Eagles were once again an elite team.<\/p>\n<p>But what we remember now of their decade together is that Dawkins and Johnson brought out the best in each other.<\/p>\n<p>They're both legends in this town.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cLove talking about Jim,\u201d Dawkins said. \u201cI just know that with Jim and his imagination and his willingness to go away from some traditional thinking when it comes to the safety position he allowed me and my gifts (to come out),\u201d Dawkins said.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThe things that Emmitt Thomas, the Hall of Famer who was my defensive coordinator before him, helped bring to the surface. Once Jim brought some of the confidence that I didn\u2019t have to the surface for me to be able to do more things with the gifts that I had, Jim just opened the floodgates.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would show me different blitzes during minicamp, that potentially could go in, (and ask), do I like this, what do I think of that?<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHe would ask me toward the end of the week what I thought of the gameplan or were there any things I wanted to change, and that relationship developed over the years of me suggesting things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cAnd I would do everything he would ask me to do. But if there were something I thought could be done differently I would suggest it and a lot of times he would change it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawkins is the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks, 25 interceptions and 25 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Including his years with the Broncos, he finished his brilliant career with 41 interceptions, 28 sacks, 37 forced fumbles.<\/p>\n<p>Nobody who has ever played the game is close to those numbers.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I am going to build a football team,\u201d Johnson once said, \u201cBrian Dawkins is my free safety.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Safe to say that without Johnson there is no Hall of Fame induction for Dawk.<\/p>\n<p>We won\u2019t see Jim Johnson on that stage at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, Saturday night when Dawkins puts on his gold jacket for the first time.<\/p>\n<p>But you better believe he\u2019ll be right by Dawk's side. Right where he belongs.<\/p>\n<p>Just close your eyes. You'll see him.<\/p>\n<h3 dir=\"ltr\">More on Brian Dawkins<\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-reveals-his-career-long-battle-depression\">Brian Dawkins reveals his career-long battle with depression<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/common-bond-between-brian-dawkins-and-chase-utley\"><strong>The common bond between Brian Dawkins and Chase Utley<\/strong><\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p dir=\"ltr\"><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/13-incredible-stats-brian-dawkins-unique-career-pro-football-hall-of-fame-eagles-nfl\">13 incredible stats from Brian Dawkins' unique career<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/sean-mcdermott-remembers-special-moments-hall-famer-brian-dawkins\" target=\"_blank\">Sean McDermott remembers 'special moments' with Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li dir=\"ltr\">\n<p><strong><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/joe-banner-will-be-brian-dawkins-hall-fame-enshrinement\" target=\"_blank\">Joe Banner takes partial blame for Brian Dawkins leaving<\/a><\/strong><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>We won't see Jim Johnson on the stage Saturday night, but without him, Brian Dawkins never becomes a Hall of Famer. 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From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p><p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p><p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p><p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p><p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p><p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p><p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p><p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p><p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p><p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p><p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p><p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p><p>He continued:<\/p><p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;<i>really&nbsp;<\/i>had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p><p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p><p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p><p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p><p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p><p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p><p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p><p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p><h3><span style=\"font-size:16px;\"><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/span><\/h3><ul><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. By Reuben Frank<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame&nbsp;on Saturday, and you're going in with him.<\/p>\n<p>All of you.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Eagles fans from South Jersey, from South Philly, from Bucks County. From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto.<\/p>\n<p>Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who's supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ...<\/p>\n<p>Dawk is taking you with him.<\/p>\n<p>Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;that it\u2019s those fans \u2014 the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special.<\/p>\n<p>That make&nbsp;becoming a Hall of Famer&nbsp;special.&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThey heard me and I think they believed when I said, \u2018When I make it, they make it,\u2019 so they\u2019re here to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, so we\u2019re going to enjoy our time together.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWe\u2019re going to enjoy this weekend together. So enjoy yourself, Eagles fans. You deserve it.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s safe to say Brian Dawkins is the most popular Eagle ever.<\/p>\n<p>He said he\u2019s planning to speak about his relationship with Eagles fans&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;night in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech <strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\" target=\"_blank\">(see story)<\/a><\/em><\/strong>.<\/p>\n<p>It\u2019s a fascinating thing, how Dawkins, through his style of play and the way he carried himself, won over the toughest fan base in sports in a way very few athletes ever do.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cHow I played the game with passion, how I played the game with emotion,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the other thing that they recognize is that I don\u2019t make excuses. I never did, I never will.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf I make a mistake I was not going to be a repeat offender of that mistake, so you can boo me for that one mistake but you won\u2019t have to boo me again because I won\u2019t make that mistake again.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>An aside: Dawk was never booed. Ever.<\/p>\n<p>He continued:<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI gave everything that I had,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd not only did I give everything I had, I gave everything I&nbsp;really&nbsp;had. Because I was sleeping, I was eating right and I was getting my rest, so I can actually give you 100 percent of what I have. Not 100 percent of 70 percent because I was out doing stupid stuff.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI was giving you 100 percent of 100 percent every game and I was a physical player and I didn\u2019t back down from anybody on the football field. So they saw that I\u2019m that type of blue-collar worker-type cat that doesn\u2019t make excuses.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIf the job needs to get done, I\u2019m going to do the dirty work to get it done.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Dawk was asked&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;when he realized that his relationship with Eagles fans was something special.<\/p>\n<p>That it went beyond the typical player-fan relationship.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cWhen fans start talking about the last thing that their loved one said was, \u2018They (wanted to be buried) wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, that hit home. That\u2019s something real.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cSo my love for them increased even more so I was going to go even harder to make sure they were pleased every time they came and saw me play. Make sure they were pleased.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>That\u2019s one thing Dawk never had to worry about.<\/p>\n<h3><strong>More on the Eagles<\/strong><\/h3>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/boycotting-hall-of-fame-ceremony-shows-terrell-owens-will-never-understand-what-football-all-about\">T.O. reminds us he\u2019ll never get what football is all about<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/after-winning-super-bowl-whats-biggest-motivation-eagles-players\">After winning Super Bowl, what\u2019s biggest motivation for Eagles players?<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense'<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans <\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight, and he's taking Eagles fans everywhere with him. 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It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p><p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p><p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p><p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p><p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p><p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p><p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p><p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p><h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2><ul><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p><\/li><li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li><\/ul>","summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>","format":"filtered_html","safe_value":"<p>CANTON, Ohio \u2014 Precisely 593 men have played football for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994.<\/p>\n<p>One stands out above all the others.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere\u2019s nobody better,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cI\u2019ve always said he\u2019s my favorite.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie led the Eagles contingent that arrived in Northeast Ohio&nbsp;on Friday&nbsp;to support Brian Dawkins during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.<\/p>\n<p>As he arrived at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Lurie spoke with John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia about what Dawkins meant to him and meant to the franchise he\u2019s operated for nearly a quarter of a century.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cThere are some others who are unbelievable, too,\u201d Lurie said. \u201cBut Brian every single day, it didn\u2019t matter how good a team we were or not, he gave everything to our fans and to the organization.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cEvery game was like the Super Bowl to him and he set a tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the organization, and that\u2019s how we treat things.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI really credit Brian. It means so much to him and the fans meant so much [to him], and he means so much to the fans. It\u2019s a love affair.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie watched Dawkins evolve from a backup to Eric Zomalt as his rookie year began to one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. &nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>And he watched his growth off the field as well.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI can\u2019t be more proud,\u201d he said. \u201cIt hasn\u2019t been smooth and easy for Brian, emotionally and in many ways. This year our team had incredible resilience, as you all know, with all the injuries and everything.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cBrian\u2019s the epitome of that in his life. He had early struggles. He had great mentors in Emmitt [Thomas] and Jim Johnson. But he, with his own strength, and with mentors and help around him, it just shows how,&nbsp;if you have a lot of love around you, you can come back and do things that are better than you ever dreamed yourself.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cI think that\u2019s one of the things Brian brought to Philadelphia, something very special.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>Lurie marveled at the massive turnout of Eagles fans that took over Canton this weekend.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cIt\u2019s unbelievable,\u201d he said. \u201cThere are some great players being inducted. Ray Lewis, (Brian) Urlacher, the list goes on and on. But there are more Eagles fans here than all the others put together, and it\u2019s great to see.<\/p>\n<p>\u201cDawk deserves everything. It\u2019s an emotional time. I tear up every time (I think about him going) down the aisle and getting the gold jacket, and&nbsp;tonight&nbsp;I\u2019m sure I will. It\u2019s special.\u201d<\/p>\n<h2><strong>More on Brian Dawkins<\/strong><\/h2>\n<ul>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-taking-eagles-fans-pro-football-hall-fame-him\" target=\"_blank\">Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Hall of Fame with him<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/andy-reid-charters-plane-see-brian-dawkins-receive-hall-fame-jacket\">Andy Reid charters plane to see Brian Dawkins receive Hall of Fame jacket<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-terrell-owens-skipping-pro-football-hall-of-fame-ceremony-its-to-it-makes-sense\">Dawkins: 'He's not coming, it's T.O. \u2026 it makes sense<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/brian-dawkins-hof-speech-will-be-just-how-he-played-football-emotional\">Dawkins\u2019 Hall of Fame speech will be just like how he played<\/a><\/p>\n<\/li>\n<li><a href=\"https:\/\/www.nbcsports.com\/philadelphia\/eagles\/eagles-training-camp-observations-day-8-walk-kick-jake-elliott\">How Dawkins created a generation of Philly sports fans<\/a><\/li>\n<\/ul>\n","safe_summary":"<p>Out of the nearly 600 men who have played for the Eagles since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, Brian Dawkins stands out.&nbsp;By Reuben Frank&nbsp;<\/p>\n"}]},"field_author_reference":{"und":[{"tid":"971"}]},"field_bean_single_col":{"und":[{"target_id":"3116"}]},"field_chrome_page":{"und":[{"value":"0"}]},"field_date_published":{"und":[{"value":"2018-08-05 00:18:00","timezone":"America\/New_York","timezone_db":"UTC","date_type":"datetime"}]},"field_hero_image_credit":{"und":[{"value":"USA Today Images ","format":null,"safe_value":"USA Today Images "}]},"field_image":{"und":[{"fid":"930471","uid":"31941","filename":"usa_brian_dawkins_jeffrey_lurie_slide.jpg","ur