Veteran safety Brian Dawkins is retiring from the NFL following 16 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos, the Pro Bowl defender announced Monday on Twitter.
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“The Lord has blessed me to play in the NFL for 16 years,” Dawkins mentioned. “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 two 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.”
Dawkins finishes his profession with 26 sacks, 37 interceptions and 28 forced fumbles. He played in one particular Super Bowl with the Eagles and made nine Pro Bowls (including this past season, as an alternate). Dawkins was also a four-time very first-team All-Pro selection.
“Thank you, @BrianDawkins, for becoming a Wonderful Bronco and showing such an extraordinary commitment to your team and community,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway wrote on Twitter, adding “Congratulations on a Hall of Fame profession, Dawk!!!”
Dawkins battled neck injuries toward the finish of the 2012 season, and missed two of the Broncos’ final three games of the regular season and the team’s two playoff games. Dawkins’ contract with the Broncos expired following the season, and The Denver Post reported he spent close to six weeks mulling over his options.
“I’m a small emotional appropriate now,” Dawkins told The Post shortly immediately after announcing his retirement, adding that he needs some time ahead of he can talk.
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