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Great, great article, Jon. Can't resist adding my two cents about these guys.
To me, Kirkland's shining moment was Super Bowl XXX, even in the midst of a disappointing loss. Had O'Donnell not given that one away, I think Kirkland would've been Super Bowl MVP, hands down. His effort was magnificent. Greg Lloyd was the team leader and got all the press in those days, deservedly so, but it was Kirkland who led the defense that day. He was the key to shutting down Emmitt Smith, who had a miserable afternoon, and I'll never forget Kirk's diving sack of Troy Aikman near midfield late in the game. He just flew over the center like Super Man and got just enough of Troy Boy to trip him up. The play forced a punt and gave the Steelers the ball back and a chance to win on that final fatefull drive. Man, so close.
When it comes to Dawson, I don't necessarily have any specific plays that stand out. I guess I'd have to say ALL of 'em, because until very recently, he was just ALWAYS in there. I don't even remember him missing any games before '99 to be honest with you. I'm sure he probably did, but I can't think of 'em. His consistant excellence was peerless.
Lastly, I grudgingly agree with you their time had come. Be that as it may, it's still hard to let go. It's gonna be mighty strange to see Kirkland in a Seahawks uniform.
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