Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/1/12

The NFL career of former Eagles/Broncos safety Brian Dawkins came to an end nearly a week ago.

Since hanging up his cleats and emotive screams, Dawkins has been busy. He retired as an Eagle on Saturday and held his farewell press conference with many ex-teammates in attendance including Donovan McNabb.

Hours later, Dawkins threw out the first pitch prior to a Phillies 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

I’ll have mixed emotions about Dawkins’s career in Philadelphia. He’s a borderline Hall of Fame player (he’s not a first ballot guy as some would suggest but was one of the premier defenders over the last decade) and easily one of the most popular Eagles of all-time.

His on-field intensity and passion were unrivaled for the Eagles. He was an intimidating factor for Philadelphia’s defense, which was one of the main reasons why the team was so successful from 2000 to 2004.

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