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Eagles News: Brian Dawkins’ reaction to receiving his Hall of Fame jacket was great

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NFL: Pro Football Hall of Fame-Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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Eagles Dominate Pro Football’s Hall Of Fame -
What is immediately noticeable upon entering the vicinity of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the volume of Eagles fans chanting, “E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES,” in thunderous harmony through the streets of this suburban Ohio city indicating, naturally, that the party continues for those who love the Philadelphia Eagles. What is clearly apparent as well once into the private spaces next to the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Class is that Brian Dawkins is having the time of his life. Dawkins spent a chunk of his Friday shooting the breeze with the media and then stepping away for an exclusive one-on-one with the team before receiving his Gold Jacket at Friday night’s private dinner. Dawkins ended his night, a long one, with his own party featuring former teammates and coaches and friends and family.

20 notes from Friday’s Eagles training camp practice - BGN
Daily Carson Wentz update: For the fifth practice in a row, Wentz did not participate in 11-on-11. With the Eagles not doing any kind of 1-on-1 or 7-on-7 drills, he really didn’t do much at all. Wentz being scaled back has caused some to worry the Eagles’ franchise quarterback has suffered some sort of setback. Doug Pederson continues to deny that’s the case. Rather, the explanation is that they feel good about what they saw out of him when he WAS doing 11-on-11s and he doesn’t have much more to prove by continuing to practice. The risk outweighs the reward for them. Call me naive but I believe they’re being cautious. I remain optimistic that Wentz WILL start in Week 1. He still has 33 days before the season opener is here.

Hall of Fame heart, and the game to back it up: Philly’s unrivaled love for Brian Dawkins - The Athletic
“First​ of​ all​ —​ HALLELUJAH!” To​ set the​ stage: it​ was​ January 23, 2005.​ Philadelphia’s beloved​ Eagles​ were​​ — for the fourth straight season — preparing for an NFC championship game that could send the team to its first Super Bowl in over two decades. Yet the prevailing mood around town was not one of excitement and anticipation, but of fear and worry. After all, the Eagles’ three previous attempts at moving past the NFC title game had come up well short, even though the club’s two most recent conference championship game defeats came as both the betting favorite and the home team. No team in the conference had been more consistently competitive during the first half of the 2000s, but the Eagles had yet to find a way to conclude a season as NFC champs.

Hall of Fame-bound Brian Dawkins to Eagles fans: This one’s for you - Daily News
If the Eagles winning the Super Bowl in February was the next best thing to heaven, Dawkins’ Hall of Fame induction is the next next best thing. The nine-time Pro Bowl safety is the most beloved player in the history of the franchise. There really isn’t a close second. Not Chuck Bednarik. Not Steve Van Buren. Not Reggie White. No one. A pretty good case can be made that he is the most popular player in the history of Philadelphia sports.

Brian Dawkins’ HOF speech will be just like how he played football — emotional - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Brian Dawkins was asked Friday if he was “open to” getting emotional during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech on Saturday. “Did you say open?” Dawk answered, glaring in mock horror. “Am I open to it? Am I open to it? Am I going to be emotional? I’m going to be emotional regardless.” Asking Dawk if he’s planning to be emotional is like asking Usain Bolt if he’s planning to be fast. Dawkins is as emotional as any athlete of his generation. We’ve seen it for two decades. And as he prepares for the biggest speech of his life, he knows his emotions will be off the charts.

Terrell Owens: Skipping Canton to protest flawed Hall process - ESPN
“I understand why I’ve made my decision,” Owens said Friday before treating 32 boys from the Boys to Men youth program to a shopping spree. “I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. But again, obviously the criteria and the system put in place for the Hall of Fame in order for guys like myself to be inducted, there are guidelines that the writers -- the sportswriters -- are supposed to adhere to.

Five players who have impressed through the first week of Eagles training camp - PhillyVoice
Matt Pryor has been the pleasant surprise of camp, as he has dominated in OL-DL blocking drills every day, putting far more than his share of defensive linemen on the ground. He has also been sturdy in team drills, while being asked to learn two different positions (RG and RT) in the Eagles’ system. Pryor was a sixth round pick of the team in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he looks like a find. If he plays in the preseason games the way that he has so far in camp, Pryor could be a versatile backup with future starting potential who could make one of the Eagles’ veteran offensive linemen expendable. It’s not often that the second-team right guard grabs the attention that Pryor has so far, but that’s just how good he has been.

Andy Reid praises Terrell Owens, as T.O. enters the Hall of Fame - PFT
“He is one of the most coachable guys I’ve ever been around,” Reid told reporters. “You’d ask him to do something and he would do it at 100 miles per hour and live. There is a difference when you are coaching. Some guys will do it on the bags at 100 miles per hour but when they do it live they kind of go back to what they are very comfortable doing. That wasn’t T.O. You give him something and he would do it. There were times we would be coming out of the huddle and he’d wink at me and I’d know we were probably going to have a good play right there.”

Free Shawn Mendes concert, Super Bowl re-watch party highlight NFL Kickoff Experience in Philly - 6ABC
There was nothing hold back the Philadelphia Eagles from winning the Super Bowl, so it makes sense that their new season kicks off with a free concert by pop superstar Shawn Mendes - known for his hit song ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.’ The Toronto born singer will be performing on Thursday, September 6 at Penn’s Landing as part of the 2018 NFL Kickoff Experience. NFL hosts the event each year in the city of the Super Bowl Champions.

5 of the (many) defining moments from Terrell Owens’ Hall of Fame career - SB Nation
Owens is as tough as they get, and that was on display on Feb. 6, 2005 in Super Bowl XXXIX. Owens, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, carried the team as far as he could despite being hampered by an ankle injury and a fractured leg from earlier in the season. The man was virtually limping at times, but he still caught nine passes for 122 yards. The Eagles wound losing a close one, 24-21, to the New England Patriots, but Owens’ heroic efforts weren’t overlooked. That day, players, coaches and fans alike applauded Owens for his toughness and his ability to dominate even through injuries — and his performance remains legendary even now.


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