Brian Dawkins, one of the most popular Philadelphia Eagles in recent memory, will be honored this week with a limited-edition poster from Marvel Comics being given away this weekend at Lincoln Financial Field.
Dawkins, a huge Wolverine fan, will be drawn as the character by Marvel artist Jorge Molina in an image that will be handed out to fans at Sunday's game.
Pictured at right: Not the same poster.
“Every week, Eagles fans witnessed Brian transform himself from a humble, mild-mannered man to the fearless competitor that he was on Sundays,” said Eagles President Don Smolenski in a press release. “He was a special player – ferocious, intense, fearless, intelligent – and on top of that, he was an incredible leader. His connection with our fans was one-of-a-kind, which is why we are excited to be working with Marvel and AAA to provide those fans with a souvenir that captures Brian in his element as ‘Weapon X.’”
Says a release from Marvel, the Eagles and AAA (who are sponsoring the event), "Brian Dawkins’ love for Wolverine is legendary and his passion for the heroic mutant well-documented in news features with ESPN, the NY Daily News and more. From a locker full of Wolverine memorabilia to his very X-Men warm-ups and poses on field.
"One is the ferocious leader of the legendary X-Men and world-famous star of comic books, cartoons, video games and movies...the other is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, a six-time All-Pro and a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team...both are the best they are at what they do." said Bill Rosemann, Editor, Marvel Custom Solutions, who put together low-print, specialty comics and merchandise for events like this. "A peaceful family man while off the field, once he donned his #20 jersey, Brian Dawkins -- inspired by and embodying the best traits of the tenacious and unstoppable Wolverine -- was one of the most intense, hard-hitting, resilient and respected players in the history of the game. Marvel is excited and honored to partner with the Eagles and AAA in honoring one of Philly's finest."