It’s always sad when a household name retires from the NFL – but we’ll have to get used to seeing the rosters now without the name of Brian Dawkins adorning them. Dawkins is calling time on his 16-year career in the NFL and like a lot of famous people these days Dawkins broke the news via his Twitter account. He thanked the two teams – the Eagles and Broncos – that he had played with alongside all of his teammates that he was “blessed to go into battle with”.
Most NFL fans whether they are Broncos or Eagles supporters or not will be sad to see Dawkins leave the NFL as he will be remembered as one of the players who could really make a difference in a game with his monster hits and vocal leadership on defence. There was no denying either that plenty of players looked up to him as a role model and he was very well respected by the majority and he’ll be missed by plenty.
During his career, Dawkins racked up some impressive numbers and finishes with statistics – 1,131 tackles, 26 sacks, 37 forced fumbles and 37 interceptions. He was also selected to nine Pro-Bowls and earned All-Pro honours on six occasions during his time in the NFL. He also won an NFC Championship in 2004 and was voted a member of the NFL’s 2000’s All-Decade team.
Drafted in 1996 in the second round by the Eagles he played with them until 2009, when he signed a deal with the Denver Broncos. He had become a free agent this off-season but that is history now as Dawkins is over and done with the NFL. He’s not sure what he going to do next but whatever it is if he does it as well as his time spent in the NFL he’ll be a success at it.