Tonight is the night we’ve all been waiting for since the night before the Super Bowl (which the Eagles won) when it was announced that Brian Dawkins was going to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Tonight is the night for the official enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
Sometimes I feel like I don’t know what to write or say about Dawkins because his impact on Philadelphia goes beyond what words can convey. He is the quintessential Eagle. He was an incredibly dynamic player on the field and an amazing leader off the field.
It was always a shame the Eagles never won a Super Bowl during his playing career, but at least he still got a ring thanks to his contributions as a member of the Eagles’ front office last season. And now his legacy is going to be enshrined with the highest honor possible for a football player. That feels good. I can’t wait to watch his speech tonight. Note that he’ll be presented by his former teammate and current NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent.
Of course, Dawkins isn’t the only former Eagles player to be joining the Hall. There’s also Terrell Owens, whose legacy is much more controversial and complicated. But, as I’ve said before, whether you like T.O. or not, there’s no denying he was an incredible talent. He deserves to be enshrined.
The other members of 2018’s class include Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile, and Bobby Beathard.
But really, who cares about that. As far as I’m concerned, this is Dawk’s night. Early reports indicate there are a ton of Eagles fans in Canton to see it in person. It’s going to be awesome.
How to watch the Hall of Fame ceremony
Time: 7:00 PM ET
TV: ESPN, NFL Network