Brian Dawkins to give tickets to fired Eagles employee
By Chris Chase
Last month, Dan Leone was fired from his part-time job with the Philadelphia Eagles after criticizing the team for letting veteran Brian Dawkins leave via free agency. Leone was a seasonal game day employee, which meant he worked during the Eagles’ 10 home dates each season. His termination meant he would have been unlikely to attend any of those games in 2009. But now help is coming from an unexpected source.
Dawkins signed with the Denver Broncos, who happen to be playing in Philly this season. Since each visiting player gets two tickets to away games, the 35-year-old defensive back decided to give his allotment for the contest in Philadephia to Leone. Dawkins told the Philadelphia Daily News:
“I thought it’d be a good gesture. Had I not … signed with Denver, that guy would still have his job. Obviously, he made a decision and out of emotion said something. He was one of probably thousands and thousands of Eagles fans who felt that way. That didn’t surprise me, that someone said that on their Facebook. It did surprise me that he was let go, though … I felt it would be a good thing, to reach out to that individual and just let him know how much I appreciate it.”
Well played, Brian Dawkins. It’s becoming clear to see why most people in Philly didn’t want to see a class act like Dawkins leave town.