Dawkins: 'Oh absolutely!'
MIAMI, Fla-</strong>In a game that featured very little defense, Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins made a play in Sunday night’s NFL Pro Bowl worth mentioning.
The eight-time Pro Bowler intercepted a pass in the third quarter of the AFC’s 41-34 win at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida that is sure to draw some interest from a group of fans who root for a certain NFC team out of the Northeast.
The Philadelphia Eagles.
That’s because Dawkins-a 14-year veteran who spent his first 13 seasons in Philadelphia-intercepted a pass thrown by former teammate and current Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Donovan McNabb.
The play happened on first and ten at the NFC 25 yard-line with 13:13 left in the third quarter and the game tied at 24-24. McNabb dropped back and took a shot down the middle of the field to Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, only to have Dawkins break on the ball and come up with the interception.
What ensued afterwards was the typical Pro Bowl jailbreak that featured Dawkins pitching the ball to Broncos teammate/cornerback Champ Bailey, who ended up fumbling the football.
Luckily, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis came up with the loose ball.
“That was just coming off the cuff,” Dawkins told me on the field after the game when asked about the lateral. “I heard him [Bailey] holler my name in the back so I knew he was back there and I was just trying to step up so I could pitch it to him and see if he could get loose with it.”
When asked what it felt like to intercept McNabb-the same guy Dawkins played with in Philadelphia for ten years-the safety replied, “When you’re in the game, you’re not worried about who’s on the other side of the ball. You’re just trying to see if you can get a pick and see if you can do something with it.”
But that doesn’t mean Dawkins isn’t going to let McNabb know he got the best of him on Sunday night.
When I asked if he planned on letting McNabb hear about the play, Dawkins replied: “Oh, absolutely!”
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