Brian Dawkins Named Pro Football Hall Of Fame Semifinalist

The former Eagles safety is one step closer to officially becoming a Hall of Famer.

Brian Dawkins has been named a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Dawkins released the following statement.

“This is all very humbling to me,” said Dawkins. “Extremely humbling. It’s a blessing just to have an opportunity like this in the first place. Growing up in Florida, I never thought there would be a day when I would have a conversation with anybody about any Hall of Fame, let alone the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

Dawkins is one of 26 semifinalists. Former Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens is also an eligible candidate this year.

There’s little question Dawkins deserves to be in the Hall of the Fame. Dawkins made the Pro Bowl nine times and was named first-team All-Pro four times in his 16-year career. The game-changing safety racked up 895 tackles, 37 interceptions, 36 forced fumbles, 26 sacks, 19 fumble recoveries, and two defensive touchdowns in his career.

The Eagles hired Dawkins to their scouting department earlier this year. He’s since been promoted to the position of football operations executive.