NBCSports – Brian Dawkins left everything he had on the football fields coast to coast for 16 seasons, 13 with the Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos. He was one of the most feared and respected players in the game, a workaholic, a perfectionist. Invincible. He was “Weapon X.” But in his rookie season, Dawkins battled more than just opponents on the field. He was also waging war with himself — an issue few people knew about.
Damn. Damn, damn, damn, damn, damn. Who would’ve ever guessed Weapon X would be suffering on the inside? The man carried himself so well throughout his career to the point It goes to show that depression, anxiety, and any sort of mental issue can hide in plain sight for everyone to see. Major props to one of the greatest athletes and mythological figures in Philadelphia sports history for being open and honest about his struggles. The thought of Brian Dawkins, one of the toughest son-of-a-gun’s to ever take the field, actually thinking about suicide sends shivers down the spine. Bottom line, if you’re feeling down and out, there’s no shame in getting some help. If Brian freaking Dawkins can ask for assistance, anyone can.
It’s great to see the Wolverine was able to channel his feelings and anger into positivity on and off the field. It paid off as this Saturday night, Brian Dawkins will be enshrined in Canton. All hail Weapon X. DOGGONEIT.