Brian Dawkins is More Newsworthy Than Jay Cutler

Daniel McGowinCorrespondent IApril 4, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 11:  Brian Dawkins #20 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after a play against the New York Giants during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

As sports fans, we are inundated with sensationalism.  And really since ESPN's SportsCenter switched from highlights to (primarily) sports "news," the most sensational stories are typically the "top" stories.

So for weeks and months we have been bombarded with news of A-Rod and his "cousin," or Terrell Owens drama (again), and more recently Jay Cutler acting like a four-year old.

It is not surprising that positive stories have appear to have taken a back seat to these dramatic stories of sensationalism at its finest. 

Heck, the Ryan Moats story seemed to fade away after it became evident that Moats and his wife were not going to allow it to escalate into front page news. 

They took the high road after (former) Dallas police officer Robert Powell apologized, and even Tamishia Moats has forgiven him stating that Powell was "human" and proned to mistakes just like everyone else. 

The Moats handled the situation with dignity, patience (after the incident) and an extremely dedicated belief in humanity and yet, once that happened the cameras disappeared.

Remember Sara Tucholsky?  She was a softball player for Western Oregon University who, in a game against Central Washington, hit a three-run home run.  It was her first home run at any level.

However, while she injured her knee while rounding the bases (she had missed first base and turned to go back and touch it when the injury occurred).  It was a difficult situation because she could not put any pressure on the leg and therefore could not round the bases. 

If she was replaced with a pinch runner, it would only be a single; if her teammates tried to help her then she would be out.

Then, CWU members actually got together and carried Tucholsky around the bases.  It was a moment that came as a surprise to many, yet one has to wonder why sportsmanship must be a surprise at all.

Not surprisingly, the story of Tucholsky was mainly a touching story that was relegated to the last segments of sports shows.

So enter Brian Dawkins, long-time Philadelphia Eagles safety and now member of the Denver Broncos.  Dawkins left the Eagles this season to sign with Denver, which upset many fans in Philly who absolutely love the man.

One person who appreciated Dawkins' work with the Eagles is Dan Leone, a seasonal Eagles employee.

Leone, upset that the Eagles did not do more to keep the safety, vented his frustrations on the popular social website Facebook.  Word got around to Eagles brass and Leone was fired.

Today, it was reported by the Philadelphia Daily News that Dawkins, whose Broncos teams play in Philadelphia this season, has allocated his personal tickets to Leone. 

Dawkins stated that it would be a "good gesture" since Leone probably would not have made such statements if Dawkins did not sign with Denver.

This demonstrates what a class-act Dawkins is and that character does exist in the NFL and in all professional sports in the United States.

What is unfortunate is that stories like this either go unreported or are underreported.  Most of use recognize that not all athletes are like Terrell Owens or Jay Cutler.  The problem is that the sports media focuses on characters like that because that is what sells.  People like bad news!

We need more positive stories like Dawkins' gesture to be highlighted, because I am not sure how many more "This is a dream come true" nonsense I can take from turkeys like Cutler.