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This is One Free Agent Who Cannot Be Replaced

Written By: Brian Welte

With the 2008-2009 NFL season rapidly coming to an end, free agency rumors have already started brewing. As a Philadelphia Eagles fan, there is one free agent that we cannot afford to lose; the voice of the team and veteran leader, Brian Dawkins. Dawkins is a four time Pro Bowler, and although he has lost a step or two, he is still more than capable of producing. This year he has 75 tackles, 3 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles. Dawkins had two forced fumbles in the crucial Dallas game in Week 17 that helped clinch a wild card position in the playoffs. Along with the two fumbles, he recorded five tackles and a sack. With him leading the way, the team was ranked in the top ten in the defensive category for the regular season.

Although his numbers are no longer of superstar quality, Dawkins’ hard-work, dedication, heart, and leadership all make amends for his declining numbers. He is a leader both on and off of the field. He not only leads by example, but he is also extremely vocal. Dawkins personifies exactly what a leader and mentor should be. His uplifting speeches demand the attention of his teammates, which in return, drastically changes the intensity of the team.

It is evident that Dawkins can still produce, and it is even more evident that he is the heart and soul of the defense. This is one free agent that we cannot let slip away. Pay the man. Pay him for his loyalty, his leadership, his mentoring ability, and most importantly his heart. Trust me when I say this, Philadelphia’s defense will NOT be the same without him. There is only one place where the Number 20 Jersey should be raised in to the rafters and that is at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles; home of Brian Dawkins, a man who gave every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears for the Philadelphia organization.

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