Safety Brian Dawkins to Retire

April 23, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Brian Dawkins was named First Team All-Pro four different times in his career. (Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Former Philadelphia and Denver safety Brian Dawkins will retire from the NFL, according to a tweet from the eight-time Pro Bowler.

In a note Dawkins said, “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.”

Dawkins was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 1996 out of Clemson and started 13 games his rookie season. He played in Philadelphia until 2008, becoming an All-Pro four different times before heading to Denver for the last three seasons.