It was an honor Brian Dawkins proudly accepted in front of crowd of cheering fans whose hearts were full for the famed Eagle.
"I didn't grow up thinking I was gonna get my number retired; I just wanted to go out and do my best for whoever it is I got a chance to play for," Dawkins said.
Dawkins is humble, hardworking, and passionate.
He revved up his teammates and his fans delivering 34 interceptions, 21 sacks, 32 forced fumbles, and 13 years of heart with the Philadelphia Eagles.
"We salute a gentleman who played this game with everything with his heart on his sleeve," Jeff Kolsky of Schwenskville, Pa. said.
"I can't believe the passion with this man; I don't know of any other player that had the passion he has," John Green of Collingswood, New Jersey said.
Dawkins returned on a night when the Birds needed his passion to help outplay the rivaled New York Giants.
No matter the outcome, the fans weighed in and the night belonged to #20.
"You're the epitome of what it means to do hard work. We love you Brian Dawkins. Tonight is dedicated to you," Eagles fan Matt Simonds said.
Brian Dawkins is only the eighth Eagle in history to have his number retired.
Fans say his passion, his play and his heart will live on with them forever.