I was VERY happy with the Eagles’ draft choices this year. That’s not something I can normally say. Usually, I just end up confused. Not necessarily disappointed but just unsure. This year I feel really comfortable with everyone they chose and I’m excited to see what these guys will bring to the table (more on that later). But by far the most touching story for me of any Eagles draftee was Vinny Curry and his history as an Eagle’s fan. This dude is die hard and will definitely understand those of us who make up the Eagles fan base unlike some of the current crop *scowls*:
“Most people, the draft is the best day of their life, but growing up an Eagle fan, being blessed with the opportunity of seeing Brian Dawkins retire and give a speech here, this has got to be the best day of my life here,” Curry said, eyes gleaming under a flat-brimmed Eagles hat. “To see his teammates come back, the way they embraced him, and the way they embraced me was really something special. It’s a moment I’ll never forget in my life.”
It’s a moment Curry said he dreamed of growing up in a Shore area town heavy with Giants fans. He couldn’t afford tickets to watch in person, but would rush home from Pop Warner games to catch the Eagles on TV, and spent the week trash-talking his friends.
“The Eagle defense at one point in time was sickening, you know, with Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor, Brian Dawkins, right there, Trot, d-line had Big Hugh (Douglas), it was crazy and I just used to picture myself on Sundays – that’s going to be me one day,” Curry said. “To see everything come through and fall through like this is, it’s so mind blowing.”
When he started talking about Eagles D I felt all types of close to this guy.
This was an emotional weekend for all Eagles fans with future Hall of Famer and safety Brian Dawkins retiring. His presser was Saturday (which I unfortunately didn’t get to see live!) and he signed for one day so that he could retire an Eagle.
I have so many memories of Dawkins and that awesome Eagles D. They made me so proud to be an Eagles fan through all the ups and downs they played their hearts out. The team hasn’t had the kind of leadership on the field (on either side of the ball) since Dawk left. Football was better with that man in it. I hope he enjoys his retirement, he deserves it.