Rookie safety Rahim Moore has always admired Brian Dawkins' hard-hitting game from afar, even carrying a picture of the Pro Bowler in his wallet for inspiration while he was at UCLA.
Now, Moore carries Dawkins' shoulder pads after the Denver Broncos' practices as he studies the venerable veteran from a much closer vantage point.
Moore tries to mimic every move the player he calls "Pops" makes on the field: How Dawkins reads a play, when he creeps closer to the line of scrimmage, how he attacks the ball.
Only, Moore can't constantly keep his eyes on him. He is, after all, starting alongside Dawkins already.
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