EAGLES ALL-TIME great Brian Dawkins Wednesday was named a Hall of Fame semifinalist, as the original list of 94 eligible players was trimmed to 26. It will shrink to 15 in January, then the day before the Super Bowl, the Hall of Fame committee will pick anywhere from four to eight 2017 inductees.

"It's a blessing," Dawkins said. He made seven Pro Bowls as an Eagles safety, two more as a Bronco. His No. 20 is retired by the Birds. This is is first year of eligibility. "I never thought about it in any detail. Growing up, I never thought that I would have the opportunity to be talked about as a Hall of Famer . . . It's a very humbling thing" to get this far.

Former Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens also made the semis.

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