Even though he spent the last three years of his career with the Denver Broncos, to most, Brian Dawkins always was and always will be a Philadelphia Eagle.
During his 13 seasons with Philly, Dawkins came to epitomize the hardnosed, brutal style of play that fans everywhere associated with the squad’s defense.
On Sunday, before the Eagles earned a very legitimate statement win over the New York Giants, the team retired Dawkins’ jersey.
"This is a tremendous honor," Dawkins said (via the Los Angeles Times). "I will always be an Eagle in my heart and I will always, always look to represent this organization and you guys to the best of my abilities."
Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie, had these words for Dawkins:
"What Brian meant to this team and this city, it doesn't have a number on it. That part isn't going on the wall because that part is going in our hearts and the memories. Every one of us who saw him play, we remember he was the strong, passionate heartbeat of our team."