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Denver Broncos Safety Brian Dawkins Announces Retirement

Over his 16-year career in the NFL, Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins was one of the most feared, most consistent, and most valuable defensive players in the world of professional football. After his third season with the Broncos– and Optional Training Activities and the beginning of voluntary workouts for NFL players right around the corner– Dawkins has announced his retirement from the NFLvia his Twitter account this morning:

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. #BBTB


A Tweet by @BrianDawkins 2012-04-23

The nine-time Pro Bowler and six-time NFL All-Pro should have no trouble whatsoever being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Very rarely has there been a player with the combination of size, skill, speed, and determination that Brian Dawkins showed on every down he played for both the Philadelphia Eagles, and more recently, for the Denver Broncos.

Recent neck injuries began to take a toll on Dawkins, and rumors of his impending retirement had been spread across the Internet since the end of the 2011-2012 season in February.

Brian Dawkins will be missed due to his leadership, work ethic, and overall strong character.

The Broncos will not replace his production any time soon, but are now tasked with doing just that.

Dawkins will land on his feet no matter his next endeavor, and wherever he lands will be better for having him on board.

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