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Brian Dawkins: Philly has set bar for future NFL drafts

Brian Dawkins: Philly has set bar for future NFL drafts

Naturally Philly fans have gotten attention for booing during the 2017 NFL draft.

Just ask Roger Goodell and Drew Pearson.

Anything else would have been disappointing. 

But Eagles fans made as much if not more noise on Benjamin Franklin Parkway when the Birds picked. Their renditions of the Eagles fight song have been nothing short of fantastic. And, knock on wood, the fans have also behaved themselves.

So when Brian Dawkins followed Brian Westbook and took the podium before the start of Day 3 — after being introduced by another former Eagle, Troy Vincent — Dawk gave the fans well-deserved props. 

"Yeeaaah baaabby!!!" he bellowed (watch video below). "Hey, listen. Philadelphia, you ought to be proud of yourselves. You are representing right now. You have the bar of what the draft is supposed to be like. That's how you do it. That's how we do it. All right? Hey .. and let all the haters hate. Don't worry about the haters. Don't worry about the haters. Be you. Be you. If you want to do what you do, you do what you do."

Then, of course, he led another rendition of the fight song. 

Before Dawkins' brief speech, Westbrook had a message for Pearson and any Cowboys fans.

"I just want to say two things," Westbrook said. "First of all, I love you guys. Second of all, if anybody from Dallas steps to this doggone podium in my city, in my town -- we're going to give them a true Philadelphia welcome. Enjoy your day."

A first look at the old Vet Stadium Liberty Bell now outside of Citizens Bank Park

A first look at the old Vet Stadium Liberty Bell now outside of Citizens Bank Park

It was 15 years ago today that Veterans Stadium went crumbling to the ground. But a piece of Vet Stadium history has risen from the ashes for a second life at Citizens Bank Park.

The giant 19-foot Liberty Bell that stood high atop Vet Stadium has been refurbished from storage and placed near the Pattison Avenue and 11th street entrance of the ballpark, next to the new Pass and Stow area that will feature a beer garden and some great new food options. The Pass and Stow name is in homage to John Pass and John Stow who re-cast the original Liberty Bell in 1753. Their names can be found on the original, slightly more famous bell with a crack in it across from Independence Hall.

With opening day just a week away, fans passing the ballpark on Thursday got their first glimpse of the bell’s new placement. The bell was installed today.

It’s hard to miss and will surely make a nice new photo opportunity for Phillies fans and out-of-towners looking to capture a memory.

The bell you see today was actually the "second and final bell that was displayed at Veterans Stadium," according to the Phillies. It was installed on the Vet's catwalk prior to the 1983 season and remained there before being removed prior to the Vet's implosion in 2004. It is made of steel and aluminum, weighs more than 5,000 pounds and contains over 300 light bulbs.

The new (old) bell outside the ballpark will make a nice complement to the bell inside the park that lights up and rings whenever a Phillies player hits a home run. In a nice twist, this season the Phillies' team Twitter hashtag will be #RingTheBell. Brett Brown likely approves.

As you can see from the short video of the bell above, the weather in South Philly today was wet and dreary. The forecast for opening day next Thursday when the Phils host the Atlanta Braves is much better, with no rain currently in the forecast and highs in the upper-50s. Not exactly hittin’ weather, but not bad for the first day of baseball either.

We can't wait.

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Here's a look at the Vet going down 15 years ago today. Miss that dirty old place.

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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

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Joel Embiid hangs with Steph Curry, talks about being 'tired of The Process' nickname

Joel Embiid was kind enough to grace Steph Curry with at least five minutes of his time when the Sixers traveled out to the Bay Area for their game against the Golden State Warriors back in January.

Joel joined Steph on his series called "5 Minutes From Home" in which the duo sit in the back seat of a car and chat on the way to Mrs. Curry's restaurant. Curiously, the clip lasts over 8 minutes.

Somehow, the two of them didn't mention their sneakers.

There's not a ton of new ground covered in their chat -- Joel talks about his journey onto the basketball court again -- but they do discuss Embiid's desire for a new nickname.

"The Process is never gonna be over. You gotta win a championship. When you win a championship, it starts over."

"I do like [the Process nickname]. Mainly because of the history of how we got here. That's why I like it. I'm actually thinking about creating something else. I'm tired of 'The Process.'"

Any suggestions, Sixers fans?

Embiid and Curry finish their trip with a meal at Steph's wife's restaurant.

The waitress jokes that the burrata appetizer they eat will be the key to the players dropping 50 points in the game the following night.

Almost. Steph went off for 41 but the Sixers got the win.