Former Philadelphia Eagles Safety Brian Dawkins to Join ESPN

By Bryn Swartz

Brian Dawkins, arguably the most popular player in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles, is scheduled to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. The network will officially announce the move on Wednesday.

Dawkins will appear on such programs as SportsCenter, NFL Live, Audibles, and NFL32. His debut will be on Thursday, September 13th, at 7:00 p.m., where he will appear with former NFL stars Jerry Rice, Keyshawn Johnson, and Marcellus Wiley on Audibles.

He is taking the place of former Eagles teammate, Hugh Douglas, who will move from being an NFL analyst with ESPN to becoming the permanent co-host of ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie show.

In 13 seasons in an Eagles uniform, Dawkins established himself as one of the best safeties in the league. He ranks tied for first in team history with 34 interceptions, and he has played in more games in an Eagles uniform than anybody else in team history. In 2002, he became the first player in NFL history to record a sack, fumble recovery, interception, and touchdown in the same game, when he did so in the franchise’s first-ever game against the Houston Texans.

He led the Eagles to five conference championship games, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX. His legendary hit against Atlanta Falcons’ tight end Alge Crumpler in the 2004 NFC championship game ranks as arguably the most memorable play of his future Hall of Fame career.

He is scheduled to have his number 20 retired against the New York Giants on September 30th. Dawkins is the eighth player in team history to have that honor.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.

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