After 13 years of stopping every runner or receiver who entered into his vicinity, Brian Dawkins has put a halt to his own career. Monday morning on Twitter, Dawkins posted the following announcement.
The Lord has blessed me to play in the NFL for 16 years. I would like to thank the Eagles & the Broncos 4 believing In me. I would like 2 thank all my teammates & Coaches that I have been blessed 2 go to battle with. Along with u, the fans 4 helping make my career 1 that i have enjoyed tremendously. In other words. I am announcing my retirement from the NFL. #BBTB
The Denver Post attempted to talk to Dawkins after he made the announcement, but Dawkins declined, saying he was too emotional at the moment.
Dawkins missed the last five games of the Broncos season with an injury, and had been a free agent since the season ended.
In 2009, Dawkins left the Philadelphia Eagles for the Denver Broncos in a move that seemed to hurt the Eagles way more than it helped the Broncos. Dawkins wasn’t just a great player at the time, but the leader and spiritual backbone of the Eagles defense. This is over simplifying, but when Dawkins left, the Eagles were 4th in the league in points allowed. The next year, they slipped to 19th.
He retires as a nine-time Pro Bowler (seven of those coming with the Eagles) and a six-time All-Pro. He’ll go down in the books as one of the best Eagles, and one of the best safeties, of all-time. Some will side with him and some won’t, but Dawkins’ career was at least good enough to warrant a lengthy Hall of Fame discussion.
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