"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.