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No crying in baseball, but there sure is in football

No crying in baseball, but there sure is in football

There may not be any crying in baseball but that old adage sure as heck does not apply to football. Or more specifically, to Eagles fans. Since about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the floodgates have been released in the Delaware Valley and tears have been flowing like a river.

Grown men in particular, not exactly prone to displaying their emotions or expressing their feelings, are suddenly Dick Vermeil at a wedding. That's what 57 years for some and a lifetime for others will do to you.

We have three examples for you. All quite touching in their own way and for their own reasons. Each one tying back to family.

Ray Didinger defines the words "objective journalist." He's as respected for his unbiased analysis as any person in his field. And even though he grew up a die-hard Eagles fan who spent his summer vacations in Hershey at Eagles training camp, even though he attended the 1960 NFL Championship Game with his father and grandfather at Franklin Field, once Ray became a journalist, he put his fandom aside.

But even an Eagles Super Bowl win can even get to the most grizzled, stoic, down-the-middle veteran. Here's Ray on our Eagles Postgame Live set after Super Bowl LII.

Next up, we have NBC Sports Philadelphia host Danny Pommells. This was from our Mission LII Pregame coverage before the Birds beat the Patriots later that evening. Here's Danny discussing who he'd like to see the Eagles win for and his father.  

Lastly, we step away from the analysts and hosts to bring you the raw emotion of a player who has has been overlooked and underappreciated since coming out of high school: Eagles center Jason Kelce.

These clips are examples of why sports matter. It's about the bonds and relationships that are formed between father and son, mother and daughter, siblings and friends. That was raw emotion that few other experiences can bring about. Sunday night may have been part one; the sequel will be Thursday's parade to end all parades.

Get your tissues ready.

Brian Dawkins stepping down from full-time role with Eagles

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Brian Dawkins stepping down from full-time role with Eagles

Just a couple months before he’s set to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Brian Dawkins is leaving his full-time role with the Eagles. 

The Eagles announced the news on Tuesday evening, saying Dawkins will continue to be a consultant for the team, “while also pursuing other endeavors including entrepreneurship and philanthropy.” Dawkins told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Derrick Gunn that he plans on starting a non-profit company as a part of that work.

Dawkins, 44, released the following statement: 

“I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Don Smolenski and Coach Pederson for blessing me with the opportunity to return to this great organization. This is a special time in Philadelphia Eagles history and I am grateful to have been a part of the team’s first Super Bowl championship — something I wanted to help bring to this great city, one way or another. I will always cherish the relationships I have within the building and it was a privilege to work side-by-side with so many great people. 

“I have put a lot of time in prayer into this decision, and after talking it over with my family and listening to the Lord, I am being called in a different direction as I take the next step in my life and career. Although I am leaving my full-time role in football operations, I will always be a part of the Eagles family and the Philadelphia community. I look forward to continuing to work with the organization as a consultant while I also pursue other endeavors that are extremely important to me and my family’s purpose to inspire hope and increase the minds, bodies and souls of so many to come.”

Dawkins was made a full-time employee with the Eagles in August of 2016 and was given the title of “Football Operations Executive” after a nine-month stint working in the scouting department. At the time, it was explained that his role would be to help with player development. Aside from that, it wasn’t uncommon to see Dawkins spending time with defensive backs on the field after practice, either. 

Speaking on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Quick Slants last February, Dawkins didn’t shoot down the idea of one day becoming an NFL GM, which undoubtedly had Eagles fans picturing the day when their favorite player would be running the franchise. At the time, he said he didn’t want to limit himself to anything. It looks like that day isn’t coming … at least not anytime soon. 

The Eagles released the following statement on Tuesday evening: 

“Brian Dawkins will always be a Philadelphia Eagle. We greatly appreciate all of Brian’s contributions to our football operations department over the last two seasons and we are excited that he will continue to help us going forward. As an NFL Hall of Famer and a Philadelphia Eagles legend, Brian is able to provide valuable perspective and draw on his extensive experience in the NFL while working in our front office. Our doors will always be open to him and we will support him in anything he does — both professionally and personally — as he continues his post-playing career.”

Eagles' Paul Worrilow out for season with torn ACL

Eagles' Paul Worrilow out for season with torn ACL

On the first day of spring workouts, the Eagles have already lost a player for the season. 

Veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow collided with a teammate during a 7-on-7 red zone drill on Tuesday and the news isn’t good. 

Worrilow is out for the season, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN and NFL Network first reported Worrilow's season was over. 

Based on Worrilow's reaction earlier in the day, that’s not much of a surprise. As soon as Worrilow went down after colliding with Corey Nelson on the pass to Donnel Pumphrey, Worrilow clutched at his right knee and began to pound his fist on the ground. 

The entire NovaCare Complex’s practice bubble became silent while players took a knee and waited for the cart to arrive after the music was turned down almost completely. Worrilow’s right leg was stabilized by an aircast as he was helped onto the cart. 

Worrilow, 28, was signed to a one-year deal worth $790,000 this offseason. He was brought in to provide some depth. 

Worrilow, a Wilmington, Delaware, native, started 43 games for the Falcons from 2013-15 before becoming a rotational player for Atlanta in 2016 and then the Lions last year. He started eight games in Detroit in 2017.