Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins is one of fifteen player finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, according to an announcement made on Tuesday evening wholesale authentic nfl jerseys.
“It’s a blessing to be mentioned among the names of so many other guys who have made it this far, let alone to be hopefully in the Hall of Fame someday,” Dawkins said, via PhiladelphiaEagles.com. “I don’t take these things for granted. I understand the plight of safeties (in the Pro Football Hall of Fame). To make it this far in my first year, it’s a tremendous, tremendous honor.”
Dawkins also released a message to fans via the Eagles’ official Twitter account.
“First of all, thank you,” Dawkins started. “Just made the finalist to be a Hall of Famer. When that time comes, here’s what I want you to do. When that time comes, I want you to make sure, if you can, that you join me, so when we go out there, we can party, and we can turn that place Eagle green. Thank you very much for your votes and your well wishes on Twitter.”
As Dawkins notes, being named a finalist in his first year of eligibility is quite an honor. It’s a sign that bodes well for Dawkins’ chances of being enshrined. Even if Dawkins doesn’t make this year’s class, it should only be a matter of “when” and not “if” he’ll make the final cut moving forward.
Dawkins is very deserving of the Hall of Fame nod. In 16 seasons played, Dawkins made the Pro Bowl nine times and was named first-team All-Pro four times. He finished his career with 895 tackles, 37 interceptions, 36 forced fumbles, 26 sacks, 19 fumble recoveries, and two defensive touchdowns.
Dawkins was inducted to the Eagles’ Hall of Fame in 2012. He re-joined the organization as a member of the scouting staff in the summer of 2016 before being promoted to his current title of football operations executive.
Dawkins isn’t the only former Eagles player to be named a 2017 finalist. The other player to make the list is none other than former Philadelphia wide receiver Terrell Owens. Note that Owens is in his second year of eligibility.
Owens only spent two years with the Eagles, but he was an integral part of helping Philadelphia get over the hump and finally make a Super Bowl appearance in 2005.
It will be interesting to see how T.O.’s legacy will be honored by the Eagles. The controversial pass catcher was involved in a lot of drama that ultimately led to the team releasing him.
Owens finished his career with 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns. He also rushed for 251 yards and three scores.
See below for the entire list of 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame modern-era player finalists. No more than five players will be chosen for the Class of 2017. The final results will be revealed in one month from now (Feb. 4) on the night before Super Bowl LI. The induction ceremony will take place on Aug. 5.