Yesterday, Marvel Comics announced that, in cooperation with the Philadephia Eagles and AAA, they would give away Brian Dawkins posters at tomorrow night’s Eagles games, which would depict Dawkins as Wolverine, the Marvel Comics character from whom Dawkins derived his nickname, “Weapon X.”
At the time, the actual image by artist Jorge Molina had not yet been released and the image we ran at the time was an old one from a nearly ten-year-old media kit. The actual image to be used at Dawkins’s retirement ceremony tomorrow, though, is now available as part of a story at Comic Book Resources on the matter.
“Like Wolverine, Brian Dawkins wasn’t the largest warrior on the battlefield, but he was famously resilient, never backed down from a challenge, was loyal to his team and was feared as one of the league’s hardest hitters,” Marvel’s Bill Rosemann, who served as project editor for the poster, told CBR. “During his legendary 13 years in Philadelphia, he started in 182 of 183 games, racking up 898 tackles, 34 interceptions, 21 sacks, was a nine-time Pro-Bowl selection, a six-time All-Pro and a member of the Eagles 75th Anniversary Team and the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He truly was the best there is at what he did.”
“Dawk loved Wolverine – his locker was full of action figures,” said Eagles President Don Smolenski. “He’s a very quiet, calm man off the field — but one who would get incredibly fired up before games; he called it ‘turning into Weapon X.’ … We’re going to have 70,000 people at our game celebrating Brian’s career. This is such a great way to let them share in the celebration.”