Brian Dawkins set to join ESPN

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"It was always in my opinion the player needed to concede or back down off of his stance on where he wants to be," Brian Dawkins said. (Michael S. Wirtz/Staff file photo)

Former Eagles Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins will join ESPN as an NFL analyst, the network will officially announce Wednesday. Dawkins, a nine-time Pro Bowler who was a fan favorite with the Eagles, will  appear on studio programs throughout the year such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, Audibles and NFL32. He makes his debut on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., when he will appear alongside former NFL standouts Jerry Rice, Keyshawn Johnson and Marcellus Wiley on Audibles.

Dawkins spent 13 years in Philadelphia and played in 18 playoff games, the most in team history. His No. 20 jersey will be retired on Sept. 30 against the Giants, making Dawkins the eighth player in franchise history to receive that honor.

Dawkins will take the place of former teammate Hugh Douglas, who is moving from NFL analyst for ESPN to become a permanent co-host of ESPN2's Numbers Never Lie. 

More information to come.

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