The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Brian Dawkins as a full-time employee, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman announced on Tuesday.
In 2002 in a game versus the Houston Texans he became the first player in NFL history to record a sack, an interception, forced fumble, and touchdown reception in a single game. This performance, as well as his consistent Pro Bowl-caliber play, earned him a seven-year contract extension at the conclusion of the 2002 season.
In 2004, after three consecutive NFC Championship defeats, the Eagles finally advanced to the Super Bowl with a win over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. Dawkins played a huge role in the Eagles winning that game, as he intercepted a Michael Vick pass and laid a bone-jarring hit on Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler. The Eagles ultimately would lose to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, 24-21. It was Dawkins’ first, and only Super Bowl appearance.
Brian Dawkins is back with the Eagles. Since the moment he left, the team has been trying to fill the role he departed.
No, Dawkins won’t be suiting up and playing safety for the Eagles anytime again. But the new front office man in Philadelphia loves what the team has done with the position he once owned.
During the 2008 season, he became the tenth member of the 20/20 Club and broke the Eagles record for games played surpassing Harold Carmichael who had 180. The 2008 season was a memorable one for Dawkins and the Eagles, as the 5-5-1 team went on a 4-1 surge to make an improbable run to the NFC Championship game where they lost to the Arizona Cardinals, in what turned out to be Dawkins’ final game as an Eagle. He is also a member of the 30/30 club of players who have at least 30 interceptions and 30 forced fumbles. He and Charles Tillman are the only players to record at least 35 of each. (Forced Fumbles have only been a recorded stat since 1991)
He finished his career with the Eagles starting 182 of 183 games, recording 898 tackles, 34 interceptions, 32 forced fumbles, and 21 sacks.
While fielding questions about Green-Beckham’s checkered past, Roseman brought up Brian Dawkins, seemingly out of the blue. Roseman was asked what made him think head coach Doug Pederson could keep Green-Beckham on the straight and narrow.
“Obviously, it’s an organizational decision here and it’s on all of us; it’s on all of us to rally around these guys and give them the support system,” said Roseman. “On a different note, today we hired Brian Dawkins full-time to help in this regard. His title is ‘Football Operations Executive’ and he’s going to help in player development. His week here [when he joined us as a scout] we saw the contributions he can make to our football team. And we’re not putting it on Brian either; it’s on all of us. But we feel like we’re going to get a structure in place that we’re going to give these guys the best chance to succeed.”