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Brian Dawkins weighs in on 2020 NFL season amid coronavirus pandemic

Brian Dawkins weighs in on 2020 NFL season amid coronavirus pandemic

Eagles Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins played through quite a bit during his 16-year NFL career. He played through the elements. He played through pain, both physical and mental. But in all his time in the league, he was never asked to play amid a pandemic.

On Wednesday, Dawkins was a guest on The Marc Farzetta Show on 97.5 The Fanatic and was asked about the possibility of playing in empty stadiums, without the fans that fed his seemingly limitless energy on the field, that “put the dog in him,” as he once put it.

“I’m not gonna lie — the fans added to me,” Dawkins said. “If you can’t get juiced up and jacked up from the electricity of the fans standing up, cheering, screaming, and you can almost feel it — like you’re at a concert, standing by the speaker, and your clothes feel like they’re moving — you can’t help but feel that electricity and have it add to you. But I would be able to go out and do what I needed to do.

“If you’re gonna do it that way, do it like the old-school comedy shows, they had the laugh track. Just have somebody up in the booth ... you have the wave sound, everything. Somebody messes up too many times — booooo — you have the boo sound. I love it!”

But the conversation took a serious turn when Farzetta asked Dawkins, a nine-time Pro Bowler, what it would take as an active player today to feel comfortable playing amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“A cure,” he said.

He was then asked if he would sit out if there wasn’t a cure when the NFL season began.

“It would be tough, man,” Dawkins said. “Think about it like this — if I’m playing, and my girls have been born prematurely, and they’re home, and they’re fighting for their lives the first month, and they’re still fighting. And my youngest daughter has bradycardia, which means she stops breathing from time to time, so you have to shake her. So now they’re in that fragile state, and you want me to go out and play, and risk bringing that back into my household, I couldn’t do that. I could not risk bringing something back into that house and that vulnerable state. If I did, I couldn’t be around my family. I would have to be quarantined in another hotel and live away from them, and I can’t do that.

“It wouldn’t be a tough decision, because I know what I would do. But it would be tough, because I know what I would want to be doing.”

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Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Jalen Reagor hasn't yet set foot on a football field wearing midnight green, but the Eagles' first-round pick is already a pro at comebacks.

Professional Talker Skip Bayless popped off about Reagor's (admittedly unexpected) draft slot late last week, making fun of the Eagles for taking Reagor at No. 21 overall.

Here's what Bayless had to say:

I about fell out of my chair over that, for the wrong reason. Jalen Reagor went way higher than any draft expert had mocked him. I'm mocking that pick right now, because I thought it was a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.

There are, of course, different ways to responds when a person like Bayless (loud, looking for attention) singles out a player.

You can try to argue the points made, and point out that while Reagor going at No. 21 overall may have been a surprise, you'd be hard pressed to name four wideouts who went after Reagor and are widely seen as better players.

Justin Jefferson at No. 22? Fine. Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25 is a pick 'em, as is Tee Higgins at No. 33, and most basically everyone would give Reagor the edge over guys like Laviska Shenault, K.J. Hamler, and Chase Claypool.

You can take the petty angle and remind Bayless, a noted Cowboys fan, which team is the reigning NFC East champion. (It's the Eagles.)

Or you can be Reagor, and simply tell Bayless that you heard what he thinks, and keep it moving:

Nice and subtle. Reagor is keeping a list, but he's unbothered. Perfect.

Something tells me this clip will be re-shared plenty when Reagor scores his first touchdown against the Cowboys.

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How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

ESPN's decision to seize on the success of "The Last Dance" by teasing a similar documentary about Tom Brady has grabbed sports fans' attention, even if the doc doesn't come out until 2021.

And while reliving Brady's greatest accomplishments isn't an ideal way to spend several hours, the way the Eagles are intertwined with Brady's Patriots legacy certainly suggests there will be tons of insights for Philly fans in the final product.

Like, maybe, Brady saying he feels the fabled 'Patriot Way' began because of the Eagles.

Here's the doc's producer Gotham Chopra, talking to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, on the way Brady viewed his time in New England:

CHOPRA: There was something we recently did on that 2004 Super Bowl, where he talked about the culture of that team. All this stuff you hear about Patriot Way, and Do Your Job, stuff that Bill has created over the years, the philosophies, this is the year that really happened.

He’s like, ‘First year, kind of a miracle. The next Super Bowl, O.K., now we’re getting our feel. And that first Eagles Super Bowl, this is where the Patriot Way was born.’

Welp.

Odds are good the Patriots would've been great for the last 15 years no matter what, but it's sort of frustrating to know the Eagles losing to Brady helped, at least in Brady's mind, establish New England's brand of success.

Who knows: If Donovan McNabb & Co. managed to pull out the win, maybe we would've had a very different last 15 years.

One thing Eagles fans can get excited for, at least, is Brady's reaction to losing Super Bowl LII to the Eagles.

It's unclear how much behind-the-scenes stuff we'll see from the game - Chopra said Brady suddenly got cold feet about filming in Minneapolis that week - but It sounds like it really changed him as a person:

CHOPRA: What he told me about that Eagles loss, it was dealing with it as a father, dealing with it as a husband. He was a very different person than with the Giants losses, he had a different perspective that I think poised him for that game. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s really interesting how a guy who’s still at it is learning like that.’ Because he’s like [Michael] Jordan, he’s incomparable. There’s no one else who has that story, has that perspective.

It's so strange to think how, despite playing in a different conference, the Eagles have played a pretty significant role in shaping the way the world sees Brady and the Patriots.

For better, and for worse.

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