Brian Dawkins Announces His Retirement From Football
On Monday, Brian Dawkins–widely considered one of the best safeties of his time–announced his retirement from pro football. The 16-year veteran broke the news via his Twitter account.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996, Dawkins quickly became a force in the NFL. By his fourth season in 1999, he was selected as both an All-Pro and Pro Bowler, and was a defensive captain and leader for the team. Dawkins helped lead the Eagles to four straight NFC Championship Game appearances from 2001-2004, but suffered three defeats before finally reaching the Super Bowl (which was ultimately a 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots). In 2008–his last season with the Eagles–the team made another appearance in the NFC Championship Game, however, they would lose again, this time to the Arizona Cardinals.
After 13 seasons with the Eagles, Dawkins signed with the Denver Broncos, where he would play for three years. He again was named an All-Pro and Pro Bowler during his first season with the Broncos, accomplishing the latter as well during his final season in 2011.
Over the course of his entire, Dawkins had a reputation as a hard-hitting ball hawk at safety. Dawkins played at such a consistently high level–evidenced by six All-Pro and nine Pro Bowl selections–that he was also named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team, and should certainly be named to the Hall of Fame when eligible. He finished his career 1,131 tackles, 37 interceptions and forced fumbles, and 26 sacks.