Philadelphia Eagles legend Brian Dawkins will be joining the team’s scouting staff, something that should have happened a long time ago.
Saturday it was announced that Brian Dawkins, universally regarded as one of the greatest players to ever wear an Eagles uniform, was going to be rejoining the organization.
Dawkins returns to Philadelphia thanks to the NFL’s Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship, which aims to get former players involved in a team’s front office and introduce them to the duties of being a scout in the NFL.
After retiring from football in 2011, Dawkins worked for ESPN until last season when the network let him go. It allowed him to pursue a return to football, which even though he can’t pay the game any more still flows through his veins as strongly as ever.
Even though Dawkins says he enjoyed his time as an analyst, becoming involved in the day to day operation of an NFL team has been on his radar for some time.
“This is something that I’ve been thinking for a while. I didn’t know it would come to fruition this fast, but here it is. And sometimes, you’ve got to step out of your comfort zone to really see what you can achieve. And so this is something that I’m really looking forward to, to see if this will move to something even bigger.”
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And from all indications, this is just the beginning of what Dawkins hopes to accomplish with his old team.
“I’m trying to grasp the whole gamut of football operations, how a team is run. So I’m learning about the scouting part of it, but sometimes it’s either you have an eye or you don’t, and I’ve been blessed to have an eye to be able to see talent, so if I can help in that respect I’d love to that, but I also want to learn everything I can about running a football team.”
If we’re being honest, this is something that should have happened long ago. Yes, Dawkins was working for ESPN so he had other commitments, but considering what he gave to this franchise and to this city, the Eagles should have hired him the moment he announced his retirement after the 2011 season.
Especially after the way he was unceremoniously shown the door back in 2008 and allowed to sign with the Denver Broncos as a free agent.
Ask any Birds fan and they will tell you it is generally understood that allowing Dawkins to leave was one of the greatest blunders of Jeffrey Lurie’s tenure as owner. Some will even go so far to say it was the beginning of the end for then team president Joe Banner.
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As for what Dawkins hopes to see happen with the Eagles, he is already beginning to sound like the Brian Dawkins we all know and love.
“To bring this place back to someplace when we played, when I played here. The energy was completely different. There were expectations every year with what we were going to do, and I’m pretty sure the players would tell you the exact same thing. They want to get this thing back there as well.”
Welcome back Dawk. We sure as hell have missed you.