Brian Dawkins Retires; Former Broncos And Eagles Safety Played For 16 Years

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Safety Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his interception in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19 2010 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Longtime NFL safety Brian Dawkins has decided to retire after 16 seasons in the NFL.

Longtime NFL safety Brian Dawkins has retired from the NFL. The former Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles safety made the announcement on his Twitter account on Monday.

"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 is ending an impressive 16-year career that started when the Eagles selected him in the second round of the 1996 NFL draft. He played in Philly for 13 seasons before moving onto the Broncos prior to the 2009 season. Surprisingly, he still played at a high level in Denver, despite his age.

The Broncos were likely bracing for this possibility. It's good that Dawkins made the announcement before the NFL draft so the Broncos can make plans for life without him.

For more on Dawkins retirement, visit Mile High Report and Bleeding Green Nation.

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