Brian Dawkins Donates Artifacts to Hall of Fame
Class of 2018 Enshrinee Brian Dawkins has donated a significant amount of artifacts to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Fans can view these artifacts at ProFootballHOF.com and the Hall’s social media channels (@ProFootballHOF). These artifacts, along with other artifacts from the Class of 2018, are now on display in the museum in a special exhibit so fans can also see the amazing collection in person.
The following items have been donated to the Hall of Fame:
- Denver Broncos Jersey
- 4 X-Men Wolverine Figurines
- Personal Bible
- Bottle of unopened Orange Crush soda
- Drawing of Dawkins as Wolverine
- Ceramic Cross with inscription “Forgiven”
- Eagles nameplate “Weapon X”
- Framed photographs of family
- Framed magazine with Dawkins on cover
- 2007 Pro Bowl Art “Congratulations Brian!”
- Eagles Helmet
- Clemson Helmet
- Broncos autographed Helmet
- Wolverine Dog Tags
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Brian Dawkins out of Clemson in the second round, 61st overall, of the 1996 NFL Draft. Over the next 16 seasons, Dawkins exuded excellence on the field as he quickly became one of the most accomplished safeties in the league.
Dawkins started 13 of the 14 games he played in during his rookie season as he became a vital member of the Eagles defense. In his first professional season, he earned 74 tackles (53 solo), three interceptions, one sack, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He went on to lead Philadelphia in interceptions the following two years (1997-98) and earned a team tackle title in 2002.
From 2001-04, Dawkins led the Eagles defensive that was vital to four NFC championship game appearances. The Eagles fell short each year until 2004 when they blazed through the playoffs and beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-10 in the NFC championship. Philadelphia then faced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX as Dawkins made his only Super Bowl appearance.
After 13 seasons with the Eagles and five team Defensive MVP Awards, Dawkins was signed by Denver as an unrestricted free agent shortly after the conclusion of the 2008 season. Dawkins still holds several Eagles team records, including being tied for the most career interceptions (34).
His success continued in Denver. Dawkins posted remarkable stats on the field and he also received the Denver Broncos Ed Block Courage Award in 2009.
In all, Dawkins played 224 career games with the Eagles (1996-2008) and the Broncos (2009-2011). He amassed a total of 1,131 tackles (895 solo), intercepted 37 passes which he returned for 513 yards and two touchdowns, recorded 26 sacks, and made 19 fumble recoveries.
A nine-time Pro Bowler, Dawkins was named All-Pro and All-NFC five times. In addition to being named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s, Dawkins is a member of the Eagles 75th Anniversary Team and the Exclusive NFL Defensive Club (players with at least 35 career interceptions and 20 career sacks).
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