Weapon X. Easily my favorite athlete growing up and still is today. Serious question for fellow Philadelphia Sports Fans ages 18-30: is there any other athlete in that’s played in this town that we’ve seen through the mid-90′s to today who even comes close to Dawkins? Skip over the early ’90′s Eagles teams that featured Reggie, Jerome and the rest of that defense who may come close, is there anyone else from the Sixers, Flyers, Eagles and Phillies who not only brought the intensity and heart that this city feeds off of every game, the leadership that a team can truly believe in and get behind and the performance of one of the best in the game to back it up? Personally, I don’t think anyone during that time period could come close to sniffing the dark taint of B-Dawk, but there are a few worthy athletes to consider on those categories of intensity/heart, leadership and performance:
Brian Dawkins vs:
Chase Utley – Intensity and heart is there. Performance is too…but only when he’s healthy. Remember when he was supposed to be a lock for a couple MVPs and be the greatest 2B of all-time? Yeah, not looking too great. Leadership is quietly there, but nothing like Dawkins.
Others worth mentioning:
The Big Piece
Hextall – Probably the closest Flyer to compare.
Iverson – Probably the one you can compare to Dawkins the most, even though his leadership off the court was more embarrassing than Pres’ grammar.
Barkley – if he were around throughout more of the ’90s then definitely.
Iguodala and Clearence Weatherspoon don’t deserve to be on the same planet as Brian Dawkins.
Trotter – Same intensity, leadership and performance as Dawkins, just not around as many as years as #20.
McNabb (threw up in my mouth)
Runyan and Tra Thomas (THE TWO MOST UNDERRATED PHILADELPHIA PLAYERS EVER)
Am I missing anyone from all 4 sports? There’s really no one you can make a legitimate argument for other than Iverson. If you can, try it. But regardless, Dawkins deserves to above anyone else to have ever worn an uniform in Philadelphia to have his number retired on Sunday.