'Brian Dawkins: A Football Life' Premieres Friday, October 12 at 8:00 PM ET
"I'm relentless at what I do. I'd do anything that needed to be done to help the team win." – Brian Dawkins
The eighth season of NFL Network's Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, October 12 at 8:00 PM ET with a profile of Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films and partially filmed in the tunnel of Lincoln Financial Field features sitdown interviews with Dawkins, former teammates Troy Vincent, Jeremiah Trotter and Champ Bailey, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, family members and more.
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Among the topics discussed in Brian Dawkins: A Football Life are:
- His 13-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles and his alter-ego "Weapon X"
- His battle with depression
- The impact of former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson
- Finishing his playing career with the Denver Broncos
- Having his number retired in Philadelphia and being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.
Brian Dawkins: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Connie Dawkins – Wife
Ralph Dawkins – Father
Troy Vincent – Philadelphia Eagles teammate
Jeremiah Trotter – Philadelphia Eagles teammate
Terrell Owens – Philadelphia Eagles teammate
Lito Sheppard – Philadelphia Eagles teammate
Ike Reese – Philadelphia Eagles teammate
Champ Bailey – Denver Broncos teammate
Andy Reid – Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach
Sean McDermott – Former Philadelphia Eagles assistant coach
Jon Gruden – Former Philadelphia Eagles assistant coach
Jeffrey Lurie – Philadelphia Eagles Chairman & CEO
Joe Banner – Former Philadelphia Eagles president
Provided below are some select quotes from Brian Dawkins: A Football Life:
- "That intensity from his voice, his aura, his reputation – all of that stuff, it demanded respect. When he opened his mouth, everybody listened." – Champ Bailey
- "I'm relentless at what I do. I'd do anything that needed to be done to help the team win." – Brian Dawkins
- "It's a shame because I would have loved Brian to play every single year with us. He's probably my all-time favorite player and I think our fanbase's all-time favorite player." – Jeffrey Lurie
- "Two totally different personalities. When it was game time, it was like a light switch turned on and he became something else." – Jeremiah Trotter
- "Everything is ready to go. I would almost feel invincible, like a superhero." – Brian Dawkins on his mentality walking through the tunnel onto the field
- "The scoreboard never mattered. Whether they're down 20 or up 20, he's playing his butt off and I think Philly is always going to respect that about him." – Jon Gruden
- "I was putting on a mask every day. I know what that dark place feels like. If you've never gone through depression and if you've never truly had those thoughts, it sounds like a fairytale, it sounds like hubbub. But it's not. It's real." – Brian Dawkins
- "Brian really changed the way the game is played in the secondary from the safety position." – Sean McDermott
This year, the 11-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 8:00 PM ET. The next episode of A Football Life airs Friday, November 2 with the late San Francisco 49ers wide receiver/tight end Dwight Clark.
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