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Lurie Talks About the Loss of Dawkins, Other Vets

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, quoted on regarding the loss of Brian Dawkins and other popular veterans to free agency:

“Another great guy. I just want to say as long as I own the team, nobody is going to wear number 20, either.” Lurie continued: “As an owner and as I’m sure anybody working with the players [does] — you get very close to them. It’s not like you’re just observing them. You get really close, and if you want to continue to play at your best, sometimes you have to understand the reality of certain players and what happens in the free-agency system. You can miss a Tra Thomas. You can miss Brian Dawkins, Jon Runyan, players that you really feel close to and admire, but at the same time you are giving others a chance to become those players. It’s really a part of life in sports … but it’s also one of the most rewarding when you see other players evolve and become outstanding players for you.”

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