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Samuel and Dawkins Selected to Pro Bowl

Brian Dawkins and Asante Samuel have been selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl.

Dawkins has been given a free trip to Honolulu for the seventh time in his career. This ties Eagle great Reggie White and put him one behind Chuck Bednarik.

Samuel’s second straight Pro Bowl selection comes on the heels of his 6-year, $57 million dollar contract negotiation.

“It feels good,” Samuel said. “It shows I got the respect I thought deserve.”

With Samuel’s numbers, it is hard to deny him any respect. Playing in 13 games, Samuel has 30 tackles, 20 passes defensed and four interceptions. His most recent pick went for a touchdown this past week against the Cleveland Browns.

This may go a long way to sooth the savage Eagles fans that think Jeffery Lurie gave too much contract security to a player with baggage.

Speaking of contracts, in his contract year, Brian Dawkins is putting on a great campaign.

Dawkins has 65 tackles this season, including nine for a loss. He has four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two sacks and an interception. On top of that, playing in Monday night’s game set a new benchmark for most games played as an Eagle. The 13-year veteran surpassed Harold Carmichael when he played in his 181st game for Philly (Carmichael was named to four Pro Bowls as an Eagle).

“[Dawkins] is definitely a heck of a player,” Samuel said. “He’s one of the best safeties in the game. I think we have a good secondary and good defense overall.”

This secondary is going to have to be its best football if they want to help the Eagles make the post-season.

Antwaan Randle El, Santana Moss, Chris Cooley, Terrell Owens, Roy Williams and Jason Witten plan on testing them in the coming weeks. This is no small task for Dawkins and Samuel.

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