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Asked to consider what transpired with Favre, Dawkins said: "None of us are safe. I feel the same way Donovan does. I can't speak to whether the whole Favre scenario added to Donovan's focus. Knowing him, he'd probably say it didn't. But I certainly believe it did. To watch what happened to Brett Favre has to be a wakeup call for anyone in the NFL, but especially a quarterback of Donovan's stature." Especially in Philadelphia? "Look, Philadelphia is a different place," Dawkins said. "I've said it a thousand times: Everybody can't play in Philadelphia. There has to be something about you to be able to survive here. And the cats who can -- may not want to." Dawkins swears McNabb isn't one of those people. "He's not bitter," Dawkins said. "He's still a guy who swears he wants to win for this city." Problem? The Packers said much the same thing about Favre, and look where it got him. "It doesn't make you afraid," McNabb said. "Just ready for anything." Stephen A. Smith is a columnist for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.