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Eagles News: Brian Dawkins will be featured in upcoming episode of ‘A Football Life’

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/5/18.

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NFL Network Announces Subjects for New Season of Emmy-Nominated Series ‘A Football Life’ - NFL Communications
NFL Network announces the subjects to be featured on the upcoming season of the NFL Films-produced, Emmy-nominated series A Football Life. The eighth season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life premieres Friday, September 14 at 8:00 PM ET with a profile of former Pro Bowl quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Carson Palmer. The 11-episode season of A Football Life airs at a new time of 8:00 PM ET on Friday on NFL Network. [BLG Note: The Brian Dawkins episode will take place on Friday, October 12.]

Brian Dawkins’ Hall of Fame speech was legendary - BGN
Brian Dawkins is now OFFICIALLY a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That’s an awesome thing to be able to say.

The Dawk Days - Iggles Blitz
Beyond the numbers, Dawk gave the Eagles a presence on defense. Teams suddenly had to figure out where he would be and what he would be doing. He also started to make highlight plays. For my money, Dawk delivered the hardest hit of his career when he leveled Panthers RB Fred Lane that year. By 2002, Dawkins was considered the best S in football. He could do it all. Dawk could be the 8th man in the box to help stuff the run. He could play Cover 2, where he would line up deep and then have to attack up the field if he saw a run or short pass. Dawk was great as a centerfielder. He had tremendous range. He could fly over to the sideline and pick off a pass or hit the receiver and break it up.

Brian Dawkins is taking Eagles fans into Pro Football Hall of Fame with him - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Brian Dawkins is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, and you’re going in with him. All of you. Eagles fans from South Jersey, from South Philly, from Bucks County. From Delco, from the Northeast, from Monto. Every fan who has proudly worn a Dawk No. 20 jersey, who has stood and cheered after one of his thunderous hits or huge interceptions, who’s supported him since he joined the Eagles as an unknown 22-year-old second-round draft pick ... Dawk is taking you with him. Thousands and thousands of Eagles fans swarmed this sleepy Northeastern Ohio town for a weekend, and Dawk made it clear on Friday that it’s those fans — the thousands who are here and the tens of thousands back in Philly that make this weekend so special. That make becoming a Hall of Famer special.

Brian Dawkins’ Hall of Fame speech showed he never settled for less than special - Inquirer
He was hoarse and throaty for the 22 minutes that he spoke from the stage, his voice on the precipice of breaking throughout a speech that laid bare Brian Dawkins’ soul, that revealed just how close he had come, long ago, to killing himself. This was not a succession of happy memories and light and funny shout-outs to teammates and friends, the kind of time-filler at a Hall of Fame induction ceremony that you hear and forget in the same instant. This was a vital message from the bottom of Brian Dawkins’ heart Saturday night at Tom Benson Stadium here, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and this was everything that everyone who follows the Eagles had come to admire and appreciate about him.

Brian Dawkins Delivers Hall Of Fame Masterpiece -
It was a gameday for Brian Dawkins. That’s how it felt. Dawkins, again, left everything he had on that stage. It was an epic performance, perfect for the moment.

HOF Judgements: What T.O. missed … and you didn’t - Talk of Fame Network
Brian Dawkins talking about how he suffered from a depression so deep that he had “suicidal thoughts” and “was planning how I was going to kill myself so my wife could get the money. But what that pain did for me (was) it increased my faith exponentially.” And so, as Dawkins said, he overcame one of the darkest moments of his life — passing on a lesson for others to follow. “Don’t settle,” he said. “There is hope on the other side.”

Doug Pederson says Eagles’ linebacker depth is the best since he’s been in Philly - PhillyVoice
At one time in his career, Mychal Kendricks looked like he was going to be a playmaking linebacker. That did not materialize. Over the last four seasons, Kendricks has zero interceptions. Over the last two seasons, he has zero forced fumbles. On a defense that lived off of takeaways a season ago (they had 31 of them during the regular season), Kendricks was directly responsible for none. He was indirectly responsible for one, when Eli Manning threw a pass directly at him that hit him in the hands, it deflected up in the air, and was picked off by Patrick Robinson. On the open market, Kendricks didn’t find much in the way of teams interested in signing him, as he ultimately settled for a meager one-year deal.

Jordan Mailata has ‘Welcome to America’ moment at Eagles camp - ESPN
It came during one-on-ones between the offensive and defensive linemen. Mailata drew veteran defensive end Steven Means, who attacked him with a bull rush. Mailata started with a kick-out and tried to sit back in his stance but failed to get fully set. By the time he took the focus off his own fundamental work and fully onto his opponent, all he could see was the crown of Means’ helmet bearing down on him. The 6-foot-3, 263-pound Means knocked the 6-foot-8, 346-pound Mailata flat to the ground, sending the defensive linemen into a frenzy. “Nails,” said Mailata. “That was ‘Welcome to America.’”

Terrell Owens puts on his gold jacket, criticizes Hall of Fame voters - PFT
Terrell Owens officially becomes a Pro Football Hall of Famer today, and he officially becomes the first Hall of Famer to boycott the enshrinement ceremony. Owens instead gave a speech in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which he critiqued the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection committee, which is made up primarily of members of the media.

The best moments from the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony - SB Nation
Dawkins was one of the most intense players in the NFL during his 16-year career, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone that his 22-minute speech was filled with intensity and passion. He thanked the many teammates, family members, and friends who helped him to his stage. But the highlight of his speech came about five minutes in when he spoke about the effect depression had on his life and his fight with suicidal thoughts.


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