Defeat used to move Brian Dawkins to tears.
This is Dawkins the little boy from Jacksonville, Fla., we’re talking about. Even if he doesn’t cry after a loss anymore, a glimpse into Dawkins’ emotional childhood helps explain the visible passion he has brought to his 188 NFL games as a Pro Bowl safety.
“I’ve always been this way, passionate about the game,” Dawkins said. “As a kid, I would always cry after a loss. When you’re little, you’re always told to contain your emotions. Can’t show emotions.”
So Dawkins would keep his feelings pent-up until the painful heartache of defeat would be too much. The hurt would burst, and then came the tears.
Eventually, to the entertainment of his longtime fans in Philadelphia and his new followers in Denver, Dawkins found a way to release his passion. And it has to do with how, as a junior in high school, Dawkins announced he was giving his life to Jesus Christ.
He looks back now and says it was more “talk,” that it wasn’t until after his rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles that he started to “walk,” forbidding himself from alcohol and pollutants that can ravage the body from within.
But regardless of how he restrained some behaviors, Dawkins always experienced liberation through faith. He would unload his energy in the minutes before the game with his demonstrative dances and pep talks from the football pulpit — otherwise known as the huddle.
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