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BrandonCarr39
04-03-2009, 11:38 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Brian-Dawkins-to-give-tickets-to-fired-Eagles-em?urn=nfl,152812

Last month, Dan Leone was fired from his part-time job with the Philadelphia Eagles after criticizing the team for letting veteran Brian Dawkins leave via free agency. Leone was a seasonal game day employee, which meant he worked during the Eagles' 10 home dates each season. His termination meant he would have been unlikely to attend any of those games in 2009. But now help is coming from an unexpected source.

Dawkins signed with the Denver Broncos, who happen to be playing in Philly this season. Since each visiting player gets two tickets to away games, the 35-year-old defensive back decided to give his allotment for the contest in Philadephia to Leone. Dawkins told the Philadelphia Daily News:

"I thought it'd be a good gesture. Had I not ... signed with Denver, that guy would still have his job. Obviously, he made a decision and out of emotion said something. He was one of probably thousands and thousands of Eagles fans who felt that way. That didn't surprise me, that someone said that on their Facebook. It did surprise me that he was let go, though ... I felt it would be a good thing, to reach out to that individual and just let him know how much I appreciate it.''


Well played, Brian Dawkins. It's becoming clear to see why most people in Philly didn't want to see a class act like Dawkins leave town.

ShutDown24
04-03-2009, 11:47 PM
That's nice. I'm surprised that the Eagles would fire someone for something like that. Come on, even employees are fans. I can understand not making your own employer look bad but really? From my understanding the comment didn't seem over the top.

steelwall
04-03-2009, 11:53 PM
Like him or not I have more respect for the man since he's shown interest, and compashion for someone other than a player in their organization outside of his millionaire bubble.

PisnNapalm
04-04-2009, 09:16 AM
Brian Dawkins was to the Eagles what Hines Ward is to the Steelers. An all around good guy and great competitor.

Philly dropped the ball on letting him leave. They should have paid him. They were $40 million under the salary cap.

KeiselPower99
04-04-2009, 10:52 AM
Brian Dawkins was to the Eagles what Hines Ward is to the Steelers. An all around good guy and great competitor.

Philly dropped the ball on letting him leave. They should have paid him. They were $40 million under the salary cap.

My buddy is an Eagles fan and a huge Dawkins fan and told me that it broke his heart to see him leave. If there ever was a guy that shouldve retired a Eagle its Brian Dawkins.

BrandonCarr39
04-04-2009, 10:01 PM
Reid/McNabb may be the face of the franchise, the Dawkins, without a doubt, is the heart and soul of it. The last few seasons going into Dec, when it looked like they were done and finished, they would rise to the occassion and roll through the last stretch to become Super Bowl contenders all of a sudden.

Sure - the Iggs would come up short every time, but there's no question Dawkins is a firey leader who gets everyone to believe in themselves when the chips are down. Sure, his skills were declining a bit(he wasn't as good in coverage having losing a step or 2 with age), but nonetheless his departure is going to be a HUGE loss for them. John Runyan is also another big loss - he was just as much of a vocal leader to that team.

SteelCityMan786
04-04-2009, 10:38 PM
The Eagles should be sued for this. Just because some says something against the management's actions, doesn't mean he necessarily hates them.

Mr. Dawkins should be commended for being a class act. He will be missed by Eagles management. I sure would love to see him intercept a McNabb pass and return it for a Touchdown to teach the Eagles management a lesson that they should have kept him.

devilsdancefloor
04-05-2009, 12:14 AM
well done Mr Dawkins. I have always liked him and now i like him even more!:tt03:

DoubleSh0t
04-05-2009, 12:40 AM
My buddy is an Eagles fan and a huge Dawkins fan and told me that it broke his heart to see him leave. If there ever was a guy that shouldve retired a Eagle its Brian Dawkins.

Absolutely true. As a former Eagles fan, when all this went down with Dawk signing to Denver it was like losing your best friend. He is a class act and gave every inch of himself for his team. That's was the straw that broke the camel's back for me as far as the Eagles FO is concerned, and here I am.

I may just have to pick up a blue #20 jersey to hang with green one (and my new Steelers jerseys, of course!)

steelreserve
04-05-2009, 05:46 AM
John Runyan is also another big loss - he was just as much of a vocal leader to that team.

That's what I really don't understand. When I lived in Philly a couple years ago, Jon Runyan was in, like, every ad and on every radio show and TV show you could imagine. You could not go through a day without seeing or hearing something about him at least five or six times. You would think he was on par with Joe Montana -- for some reason, he was EVERYWHERE and people couldn't get enough of him. I have no idea why. They had an exciting QB, an exciting RB, a few standout players on defense, but it was Jon Runyan that was the public face of the team.

I had my theory that maybe it was because he was the highest-profile white guy on the team and they weren't comfortable featuring the black guys as much in that area (it did seem like there were certain undercurrents like that around) but who knows if that's true. Fact is, Jon Runyan was like a king in that city and if I were him, I'd do anyting I could to stick around there.

BrandonCarr39
04-06-2009, 01:29 AM
That's what I really don't understand. When I lived in Philly a couple years ago, Jon Runyan was in, like, every ad and on every radio show and TV show you could imagine. You could not go through a day without seeing or hearing something about him at least five or six times. You would think he was on par with Joe Montana -- for some reason, he was EVERYWHERE and people couldn't get enough of him. I have no idea why. They had an exciting QB, an exciting RB, a few standout players on defense, but it was Jon Runyan that was the public face of the team.

I had my theory that maybe it was because he was the highest-profile white guy on the team and they weren't comfortable featuring the black guys as much in that area (it did seem like there were certain undercurrents like that around) but who knows if that's true. Fact is, Jon Runyan was like a king in that city and if I were him, I'd do anyting I could to stick around there.

From what I read, Andy Reid nabbed him in FA(?from Baltimore?) b/c of having to go up against the Giants Michael Strahan 2 X's a year. Yeah - the Philly fans will boo ANYONE. However - Dawkins and Runyan have NEVER gotten booed by the fans...and both of them, like McNabb, are FAR from perfect(i.e. Dawkins didn't exactly play gangbusters in their last couple of playoff runs). And for that matter too, Runyan has been pretty outspoken on these Philly sports shows(i.e. on occassions, he's criticized Reid's playcalling).

Anyhow, for some reason, this 2008 Eagles team reminds me of that 2005 Panthers team...

Like that Panthers team, the Eagles struggled all year with inconsistency.

That Panthers team ended up clinching a WC spot on the last weekend of the regular season by beating a divisional rival that crashed and burned/mailed it in(Falcons), and this Eagles team did the same against the Cowboys(who crashed and burned/mailed it in as well).

That Panthers team beat a Giants team that was pretty much getting their feet wet for the first time in the playoffs with young Eli. This Eagles team beat a Vikings team in a similar situation with Childress guiding this team for the first time/young Tavaris.

That Panthers team beat the Bears, a team that went on a hot streak throughout the year only to LOSE their identity late in the year(i.e. QB switch to Grossman and their best D player MIke Brown getting hurt). This Eagles team beat a Giants team that did the same...started 11-1, only for TSTHTF with the Plaxico incident, and they got a boatload of injuries on the DL.

Then when all was said and done, both teams were gassed having to fly to the West Coast to play NFCW teams for the NFCCGs. Of course, the Eagles/Cards game was more competitive, but nonetheless they were spotted 24-6 at one point until the Cards took their feet off the gas pedal.

Then, of course, both of the teams(Hawks and Cards) the Panthers/Eagles lost were to your's truly.

The year after - the Panthers were the preseason media darlings to finally get it all together and win it all, DESPITE losing ALOT of their locker room leaders. And with the state the rest of the NFCE is(Giants dumping Plax and are dirt-thin at receiver, Skins can never get it together, and my team, well, they've been having problems), you can bet the Iggs will be alot of preseason media darlings this year despite all their locker room leaders they lost.