By Art Beitchman
We all know that Eagles fans travel well.
And no more evidence was needed than the massive throng of Birds fans that made the 400-mile pilgrimage from Philly to Canton, Ohio, to see Brain Dawkins get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
B-Dawk didn’t disappoint them!
But Dawkins chose to thank everyone else for his climb to Canton.
He thanked his “Big Brother” teammate Troy Vincent, his presenter, for showing him how to be a pro football player in the late nineties.
But as the speech continued, he deflected away from his fantastic career, which included a game versus the Texans when he recorded a sack, interception, fumble recovery, and a TD reception, becoming the only player in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
Dawkins revealed a week before the Canton induction that he battled terrible bouts with depression early in his career, even to the point of where he contemplated suicide! Who knew! He was urged to see professional help for his insidious problem and survived to have a stellar life, and career.
Coming clean with huge problem is one thing, but Dawkins spoke to the viewers watching the ceremony around the world that you too can get the help you need and “come out the other side” and live a healthy productive life.
Since the speech former NFL receiver Steve Smith Jr. has opened up about his bouts with depression too.
Dawkins finally thanked his inspiration throughout his NFL career, Eagles fans who got him crazed up for every home game he ever played.
It comes as no surprise that Dawkins is arguably the best and most beloved player in the history of the franchise, which was on full display last week in Canton where his bust will be on display forever.