Philadelphia Eaglesí beloved safety Brian Dawkins announces retirement
Free safety Brian Dawkins has announced his retirement from National League Football. Dawkins, who was a fan favorite with the Philadelphia Eagles, has decided to hang up his boots after a serving in the NFL for 16 years.
The 38-year-old announced his retirement via Twitter at 9:50 am on Monday. Dawkins, who has been playing at Philadelphia for the past 13 years wrote:
“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.”
According to reports from the Philadelphia camp, the future Hall of Famer can expect an honorary ceremony in the near future. Dawkins’ retirement brought an immediate reaction from the NFL world.
The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Dawkin’s teammates were the first ones to tweet responses about his retirement.
“Congrats @BrianDawkins on a successful 16-year career. Great player. More importantly, great man in his community & locker room,” Goodell wrote.
“@BrianDawkins thank you bro for being an example(pro,father,bro,husband) for all of us who were blessed to know you!” Philadelphia Eagles former linebacker Ike Reese wrote.
“@BrianDawkins You have done great on and of the (field). True definition of a warrior and passionate player. God Bless! #halloffamer,” tweeted cornerback Asante Samuel.
Dawkins, who was a second-round pick out of Clemson, pioneered new roles for a safety. Dawkins ability to cover the field, make string tackles and create plays made him one of the best safeties of his era.
The 38-year-old, who also spent two years with the Denver Broncos, was nicknamed “Weapon X” on the field. He earned the nickname from his fans, who saw his field-character resemble Wolverine from X-men.