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  • Caitlin Roche

OTD in Eagles History: #20 is Retired for Good

On this date in 2012, the Philadelphia Eagles retired Brian Dawkins' number, making him the last Eagles player to wear #20.


Dawkins played 13 seasons in midnight green at safety before a three-year stint with the Denver Broncos. During his career in Philly, Dawkins started 182 games, forced 34 interceptions, and made 723 solo tackles.

Not only was he a great player, but Eagles fans loved watching him take the field. Nicknamed Weapon X, Dawkins brought an undeniable energy to the game, quickly making himself a fan favorite.


Dawkins retired from football on April 23, 2012, and later signed a one-day contract with Philly, ensuring he ended his career as an Eagle.


In August of 2016, Dawkins returned to Philadelphia to take on a role as a Football Operations Executive to assist with player development for the Eagles. In his return he frequently did what he does best, hype up Eagles players fans. Prior to the Super Bowl playoff run, Weapon X starred in a hype video that gave every fan who watched it chills, followed by the urge to run through a wall. If you haven't seen it, you can view it here. He was the perfect person to kick-off an incredible playoff performance by the Birds.

In May of 2018, Dawkins resigned as Football Operations Executive to pursue endeavors such as entrepreneurship and philanthropy. He is still considered a consultant for the team.

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