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Eagle Eye podcast: It's fighting season for Eagles

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Eagle Eye podcast: It's fighting season for Eagles

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro are joined by Ray Didinger as the guys recap a feisty week of practice and get ready for preseason Game No. 2. 

Fletcher Cox gave an update about his recovery, Andre Dillard keeps getting in fights and other observations from the last week of practice. 

Also, Ray Didinger joins the pod to talk about the preseason, remember some all-time training camp fights and give his list of Eagles who belong in the Hall of Fame. 

• Cox updates his injury 
• Dillard is fighting everyone 
• Observations from the last few days 
• Does Carson Wentz need to play at all? 
• Ray on last week’s game 
• Ray remembers all-time training camp fights 
• Which former Eagles deserve to be in HOF? 

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Who are the best Eagles to never make a Pro Bowl?

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Who are the best Eagles to never make a Pro Bowl?

The Eagles have had 113 Pro Bowlers in franchise history going back to the first NFL All-Star Game in 1950.

A bunch are Hall of Famers, like Reggie White, Brian Dawkins and Harold Carmichael.

A bunch are fairly obscure, like Buck Lansford, Jess Richardson and J.D. Smith.

And then there’s everybody else.

This story is about everybody else.

This is the all-time Eagles Never-Made-a-Pro-Bowl team.

These are the best players in franchise history who never made a Pro Bowl, either as an Eagle or with any other team at any point in their career.

The best of the rest.

We start with the all-time Eagles Never-Made-a-Pro-Bowl offense, with the defense and specialists coming on Wednesday.

Arguments are welcome.

Quarterback

Rodney Peete
It’s not easy finding a quarterback for this team. All the successful QBs in franchise history have been to a Pro Bowl — Donovan McNabb, Ron Jaworski, Carson Wentz, Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Randall Cunningham. 

That leaves people like Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Ty Detmer and Bubby Brister. Incredibly, Peele was 15-9 as an Eagles starter and is the only quarterback to win 10 games in an Eagles uniform and never go to a Pro Bowl. And he's the only non-Pro Bowl QB ever to win a postseason game for the Eagles. So Peete gets the nod.

Running back

Duce Staley
A no-brainer. Staley ran for 4,807 yards in an Eagles uniform with three 1,000-yard seasons. No other non-Pro Bowler in Eagles history had one 1,000-yard season.

Wide receivers

Ben Hawkins, Jason Avant, Jordan Matthews
Hawkins is the best receiver in Eagles history to never make a Pro Bowl — he’s 11th in franchise history with nearly 5,000 receiving yards.  

Matthews is one of only five receivers in NFL history to begin his career with 800 yards in each of his first three seasons and never make a Pro Bowl. 

And Avant was just a steady, consistent slot who caught nearly 300 passes in an Eagles uniform.

Tight end

Brent Celek
Another no-brainer. Celek piled up 398 catches for 4,998 yards and 31 TDs in his 11 years with the Eagles but never made a Pro Bowl. John Spagnola would be the next guy on the list, more than 2,000 yards behind. 

Offensive tackles

Todd Herremans, Vic Sears
Two long-time Eagles from different eras. Herremans started more games than any non-Pro Bowl offensive lineman in franchise history and was a steady, consistent guard or tackle on a bunch of really good teams for 10 years. Sears was a starter on two NFL Championship teams and spent his entire 13-year career here before retiring after the 1953 season.

Guards

Ron Baker, Stefen Wisniewski 
Baker was a backup on the 1980 Super Bowl team and then a steady starter for most of the 1980s. Wiz wasn’t here long but was huge during the 2017 run and in the Super Bowl. 

Center

Guy Morriss
Morriss played 15 seasons in the NFL, started 173 games, played in Super Bowls for two different teams and never made a Pro Bowl. But he was a capable 11-year starter for the Eagles from 1973 through 1983 before finishing his career in New England.

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Brian Dawkins shares his powerful and refreshing message on mental health

Brian Dawkins shares his powerful and refreshing message on mental health

May is national Mental Health Awareness Month and Eagles legend Brian Dawkins is on a mission to erase the negative stigma around mental health. 

And in the middle of a global pandemic, it’s an even more important topic than ever. 

“Mental health: We all have it,”” Dawkins said to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark. "If you are breathing right now, you have mental health. We all have it just like we all have physical health. If you’re breathing, you have physical health. Same thing with mental health. 

“The problem is that when I say mental health, what usually happens is a person will think of depression. They’ll think of stress. They’ll think of negative things when you say mental health, but we all have it. Not everybody has a mental issue or a mental illness, but everybody has mental health. So if we can begin to separate the two. There’s such a negative stigma when it comes to mental health. That’s why I changed it to something else.”

When it comes to his own mental health, Dawkins said he chooses to call it cerebral wellness. It doesn’t have the negative connotation and, to him, it encompasses more. 

Dawkins, 46, has been a advocate of mental health awareness for a long time and has been open about his own struggles with depression. Early in his NFL career, he turned to alcohol and had to fight off suicidal thoughts. 

But since then, Dawkins has found ways to deal with that depression. That includes his faith and a daily routine. 

“I do specific things daily in the morning and at night to make sure that I’m operating in a place that I want to be in,” Dawkins said, “that I’m making sure I tell my body to shut up and get in line.”

Dawkins said every morning when he wakes up he spends at least 20 minutes praying, meditating and writing in a journal. He also focuses on breathing techniques, something he began doing after joining his wife at Lamaze classes. He was fascinated that breathing techniques could help women manage pain while giving birth, so he began to use those techniques himself during his football days. 

“I’ve taken ownership of it,” Dawkins said. “It belongs to me.” 

Dawkins realizes that everyone will have different things that work for them, but he’s invested in sharing his own experiences to help anyone who might be listening. And a lot of that simply starts with a refreshing reminder that mental health shouldn’t come with a stigma at all. 

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