Twitter reacts: Brian Dawkins inducted into NFL Hall of Fame
Former Clemson defensive back Brian Dawkins was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame Saturday night.
The famous Philadelphia Eagles safety gave an inspiring half-hour speech where he touched on overcoming depression and how he became a hall-of-fame player out of Jacksonville, Florida and then on to Clemson, where he represents the school's first NFL Hall of Fame inductee.
"When I put this jacket on, Jacksonville became another Hall of Famer. The north side, Duval County, became another Hall of Famer... My Pop Warner team, Forest View, they have a Hall of Famer. My high school, Raines High School, has a Hall of Famer," Dawkins said during his induction speech. "Clemson, you have a Hall of Famer, and you are a Hall of Famer."
Here's the full speech:
And here's a look at Dawkins' night via social media:
Incredibly inspiring words from Brian Dawkins during his Hall of Fame speech. pic.twitter.com/QD9DvMxqio— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) August 5, 2018
Brian Dawkins credits former Eagles Coach Emmitt Thomas with helping him through depression and suicidal thoughts. BDawk gets emotional thanking him #BrianDawkins #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/kIhvbXAV49— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) August 5, 2018
“For those who are going through it right now, there’s hope. You do have hope. There is something on the other side of this.”— ESPN (@espn) August 5, 2018
Brian Dawkins opens up about his struggle with depression, and has a message for those in their own struggle. pic.twitter.com/54xHLPBtBp
Wow, @BrianDawkins— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) August 5, 2018
Brian Dawkins..Wow ??????????— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 5, 2018
As a Cowboy fan, I'm not fond of the Eagles. But I love me some Brian Dawkins, and I had the privilege of getting to know him at the other network. Great player, good man.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 5, 2018
Dabo Swinney was at #Clemson's practice this morning, then booked it to Canton to watch the first ever Tiger be welcomed to the #ProFootballHOF - Brian Dawkins. @abc_columbia pic.twitter.com/KcItpV6tkf— Greg Brzozowski (@GregABCColumbia) August 5, 2018
If your aren't watching Brian Dawkins Hall of Fame speech, turn to the NFL Network now... wow... this guy is passionate. Easy to see why he ended up in Canton as the first former Clemson Tiger to be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. @WSPA7— Todd Summers (@ToddSummers7) August 5, 2018
Dabo Swinney smiling and clapping as Brian Dawkins says "Clemson..you have a hall of famer." #ProFootballHOF— Chris l Live 5 News (@ChrisObarski) August 5, 2018
Awesome to see Brian Dawkins inducted into the Pro Football Hall if Fame, the first Tiger inducted. So nice to see all those familiar faces he recognized, including Gary Wade, Ren Windham & Danny Poole! #ClemsonFamily pic.twitter.com/42IedPvVsK— Brian Hennessy (@Brian_ClemsonAC) August 5, 2018
Yes and amen Brian Dawkins!! Love when people use their big moment to encourage and inspire others. ????????— Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) August 5, 2018
Brian Dawkins is the most beloved Philadelphia Eagle ever and I'm not sure there's a close second.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) August 5, 2018
BDAWK... ??????— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) August 5, 2018
“Don’t settle. There is hope on the other side” @BrianDawkins killed it!— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) August 5, 2018
That is @BrianDawkins. You laughed, you cried, you cheered, you celebrated. Perfect.— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) August 5, 2018
Great speeches by Brian Urlacher and Brian Dawkins - everybody’s journey is different but for these men tonight, they all pointed the way to Canton, Ohio. Congratulations to all of the 2018 @ProFootballHOF inductees!— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) August 5, 2018
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had practice this morning and flew here for @BrianDawkins induction— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) August 4, 2018
BDawk is first @ClemsonFB player ever to make Hall of Fame
Dabo coaches Brian Dawkins Jr!#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/sl45NXLNQ6
What a inspirational and moving speech from @BrianDawkins— Harold Carmichael (@lookitin) August 5, 2018
“I want to thank Denver for my time there … Thank you, Denver #Broncos fans. Thank you, Mr. Bowlen … I want to make sure I thank you and the whole organization as well.” - @BrianDawkins #PFHOF18 pic.twitter.com/DavNB2T5In— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 5, 2018
After that @BrianDawkins speech I feel I could get me to do anything right now. incredible example of turning bad into good, hate into motivation, doubt into success, fear into a never quit attitude. I’d follow that dude ANYWHERE INTO ANYTHING. #NFL #NFLHOF #Eagles #FlyEaglesFly— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) August 5, 2018
.@BrianDawkins— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschiESPN) August 5, 2018
"Push through the pain!"
Always liked @BrianDawkins. Now even more— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) August 5, 2018
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