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Blessed By the Best: My Journey to Canton and Beyond with Brian Dawkins

In this episode, Dr. George James interviews Brian Dawkins. A NFL Hall of Famer that played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos and is now the author of “Blessed by The Best: My Journey to Canton and Beyond”

Brian Dawkins and Dr. George James discuss the importance of:

  1. Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida and performing at professional levels consistently.

  2. Brian Dawkins shares his method of being able to achieve that high level of success.

  3. How the hardships he faced molded him into his way of thinking and finding the formula to let him achieve his goals.


10:0 Brian Dawkins “When you give your all into something, your brain produces a lot of the I kind of feel good chemicals into your system even before you have the success. The ultimate success is your grinding and getting closer and trying to just get better and better and better. And it's in the incremental steps of getting better that we need to really fall in love with. You fall in love with the journey is what I'm saying, not the end result. Chemicals are hitting your body. You want more of that. I want more of that. How? You begin to research what can I do more of to get more of that feeling that I'm feeling on the way to this success that I'm looking for, right? So that's that determination. That's that drive. And that does not come if you do not give it your all into it. Pour yourself into it. Whatever it doggone takes. We hear that phrase a lot. Whatever it takes, I'm willing to do whatever it takes. All you really are. You really? Are you really willing to grind to get to that thing to to push through some of the discomfort?”

31:00 Brian Dawkins “Why should I limit myself? Then my thought is and as I study, as I study and know more now that the thing that was limiting me early on was my thoughts of me, that what was limiting me, I had limiting beliefs in certain areas. And so it was hard for me to then go outside of the framework of what I thought of myself. So when I grabbed an idea, I began to develop a better image of who I not only just am but who I could be. So, much open up. And now some of the other things that were binding me down. Some of the strongholds begin to just fall off because I saw something different. I saw what was possible for me.”

23:00 Dr. George James

“One of the ways that I've shared that with people is that we have to create our own tribe. And in that tribe, I fully believe, right, there are those people that need to be in it. It might be your spouse or the person in a relationship with. It might be the boy who makes you laugh. It might be your spiritual adviser. These people that we have in a close kind of community that we can reveal when we're in need of support. Hey, I'm winning, but I need people who are going to celebrate my winning because, you know, everybody can't celebrate when you win it, right? And I appreciate that you know that look, I can reach out to people because that's one of the things that sometimes we forget that people who have done great things like yourself. We all need people in our circle that are trusted, that have been proven because not everybody can ride with you.”


Brian Dawkins was born on October 13, 1973 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Brian Patrick Dawkins. He is known for his work on NFL Monday Night Football (1970), The NFL on CBS (1956) and Phillies Nation TV (2012). He has been married to Connie Dawkins since July 5, 1994. They have two children. Connect with Brian Dawkins.

Professional football player with the Philadelphia Eagles (1996-2008) & Denver Broncos (2009-2011). Named to Pro Bowl following the 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006 seasons. Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2018.

  1. Twitter: @BrianDawkins

  2. IG: @BrianDawkinsSr

  3. FB: @BrianDawkinsSr

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