It’s no real big secret, the collection of talent when it comes to the NFL veterans who’ve coached with Blue-Grey Football over the years is particularly impressive. It reads like a who’s who list of the top one-time professionals to line up and play on Sundays.
Brian Dawkins is perhaps the most well-known. An awfully good argument could be made on his behalf after the 16-year standout, notably with the Philadelphia Eagles and also the Denver Broncos, was recently enshrined to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Not long ago, or so it seems, he coached in the brand’s All-American Bowl. On the staff of colleague Mark McMillian, Dawkins helped to guide West over East, 7-6, at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in a game featuring prospects in the Class of 2015.
Prior to that, he took part in the brand’s Jersey Presentation Tour. Once again, along with McMillian, the tandem recognized Dawkins’ son, Brian Dawkins Jr. from Valor Christian (CO). Since then, the younger version moved on and committed to Clemson.
As for the patriarch of the family, Dawkins’ career was distinguished. Accordingly, his bust now sits in Canton (OH). Throughout it all, he gave back to the game. That much was apparent on several occasions during his work with Blue-Grey Football.
One of the more memorable moments, it’s worth mentioning, was when Dawkins delivered a stirring prayer in front of peers, players and families alike following his stint on the sidelines at the All-American Bowl (click on this link or see included the video above).
The minute-long message is often talked about. To this very day. By everyone involved. His points were well-received, still ring true, and in many ways, embraced the brand’s motto: Once a member of the Blue-Grey Football family, always a member.
With a knack for shining on the biggest stages around, both on and off the field, the journey continues for Dawkins. Slightly different from the past, however, and given his induction, he has a new place to call home among some of the all-time gridiron greats.