Former Eagles Safety Brian Dawkins Announces Retirement, Reflects on Career
Brian Dawkins announced his retirement after 16 NFL seasons, 13 of which were in Philadelphia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
It’s one of many everlasting images of Brian Dawkins in Eagles green. Late in the 2004 NFC Championship game, with the outcome nearly decided, Brian Dawkins let it out.
Number 20 stood by the goal line and picked up the right pylon. Dawkins lifted it in the air with his arms spread open in a gesture of triumph, joy and relief. He let out a yell and spiked the pylon to the ground along with the Eagles three-year streak of losing a step before the Super Bowl.
The Eagles beat the Falcons 27-10 in a game remembered for Dawkins bone-jarring hits on Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick and tight end Alge Crumpler, as well as a late interception of Vick that helped secure the win. The victory sent the Eagles to their first Super Bowl since 1980.
Today after announcing his retirement following 16 seasons in the NFL and 13 in Philadelphia, Dawkins called that game his greatest moment as an Eagle.
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