After holding a press conference in Philadelphia Saturday to discuss his retirement, Brian Dawkins will throw out the first pitch in the Phillies game later that night.
Dawkins has been chosen to throw the ceremonial first pitch at Citizens Bank Park Saturday when the Chicago Cubs visit the Phillies. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.
Since retiring, Dawkins has received an outpouring of support from all around the NFL, but nowhere as strong as the words he's received from Philadelphia. Eagles owner Jeff Lurie called Dawkins one of his favorite all-time football players, "one of the best leaders to ever play here" and "one of the greatest Eagles ever." Eagles coach Andy Reid likewise praised Dawkins from the heart, calling him "one of the most dedicated and hardest working players I have ever coached" and saying Dawkins "poured everything he could" into the Eagles organization.
Dawkins announced his retirement on Twitter Monday after 16 NFL seasons, 13 of which came with the Eagles.