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NFL Draft prospect Dion Dawkins from Temple University, left, and Philadelphia Eagle Najee Goode, right, hold puppies during the Puppy Bowl Draft at Morris Animal Refuge, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Philadelphia. (JESSICA GRIFFIN / Staff Photographer)

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Animal Planet teamed up with the NFL and the 143-year-old Center City shelter for a “Road to Puppy Bowl Draft” event, a lead up to its popular Puppy Bowl, which airs during the Super Bowl.

Eagles running back Terrell Watson, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, cornerback Ron Brooks, and linebacker Najee Goode were joined by NFL hopeful and Temple alum Dion Dawkins to help draft puppies for the two teams at the Puppy Bowl: Team Ruff and Team Fluff. Morris is no stranger to the Puppy Bowl; dogs from its shelter are often included in the big event.
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Instantly, the players gravitated to the pups, many of which pawed their shoulders, licked their faces, and even nibbled on their hair, in the case of Brooks. The players were won over before the draft began.

The patio was bustling with people ready to adopt before the draft.
When athletes take an interest in these types of events, the outcome seems to be much more successful.  A big thanks to these players for taking the time to participate.