Source: Brian Dawkins to Retire

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One of the most feared and respected men of all-time calls it quits after 16-years in the NFL. Every team he was on, he increased their intensity and what he brought to the game was something that can’t be measured in tackles, sacks or interceptions, but in heart. Not every player in the NFL gives absolutely everything to the game, but Brian Dawkins did.

Here is Brian Dawkins tweet:

“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”

Dawkins was a 9-time Pro Bowler, 6-time all-pro, played in one Super Bowl and was elected to the Philadelphia Eagles all-decade team in the 2000s.

In February, he left the Eagles and became the newest member of the Denver Broncos, from there he would continue with the same intensity that he had in Philadelphia

On December 29, 2009, the NFL announced that Dawkins was the starter of the AFC Pro Bowl team as a strong safety. Dawkins played in 16 of 16 games for the 2009 Broncos. He totaled 116 tackles and two interceptions.

In the following two seasons, injuries hampered Dawkins. In 2010, he compiled 66 tackles and two interceptions while only playing in 11 games. Dawkins played in 14 games the following 2011 season, compiling just 38 tackles in limited snaps. He was voted into the 2012 AFC Pro Bowl team as the teams starting strong safety, after an injury to Troy Polamalu prevented him from attending.

Dawkins will be a first ballet Hall of Famer, and we are truly blessed that we were lucky enough to watch him play.

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