The retired Brian Dawkins remains one of the hardest-hitting safeties in NFL history. But as one Philadelphia Eagles fan learned the hard way this weekend before his team’s blowout victory over the Minnesota Vikings, merely donning Dawkins’ jersey does not make one invincible.
By now you’ve probably seen it, the video, shot from inside a moving subway train, of an Eagles fan running to keep pace with the car, only to meet an untimely end to his reveling in the form of a support pillar.
The pole is Monday and the Eagles fan is me pic.twitter.com/uo8yQkynPE
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 22, 2018
Here it is in slow motion.
Eagles fan running into pole: glorious.
Eagles fan running into pole in super slo-mo: gloriouser. pic.twitter.com/xwMYmyjrHq
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 22, 2018
And now we have a second angle that reveals so much of the story—what our Kevin Pillar impersonator was doing before his doomed run, and that there was a second, possibly harder impact: his smashing into the moving train after the collision with the pole.
— Someone’s An Idiot (@SomeonesAnIdiot) January 23, 2018
Making it easier to laugh at this fail: that our intrepid hero, 42-year-old Eagles season ticket holder Jigar Desai, is okay.
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) January 23, 2018
“Yeah, I hit the pole, but the passion is there,” Desai told AP. “It reflects the passion of the entire city. We are good fans. Yeah, there are a couple of bad apples in the mix, in any city you’re going to find that, but I think as a whole we have supported this team for years and years and years. I think this city is ready to bring home the hardware.”
“I’m not throwing bottles or punching horses,” Desai said. “It was just running into a pole.”