Denver, CO – What many fans had thought for several months became a reality on Monday, as Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins retired after a fantastic 16 year career. Neck problems forced him to miss several games last season, as countless collisions had to be the culprit for the 38 year old veteran. Dawkins played the majority of his career in Philadelphia after being chosen in the 2nd round in 1996. He made the Pro Bowl nine times, and is a member of the NFL 2000′s all decade team. His most impressive stat is the fact that he is one of two players in NFL history to have 25 sacks and 35 interceptions (Ronde Barber being the other). His energy and hard hitting nature made him a fan favorite in both Philly and Denver. Dawkins never seemed to take any plays off, and truly was a jaw rattling safety that many backs and receivers feared. The question now becomes, is Brian Dawkins a Hall of Famer? This is a tough one for me, but if he does get in, it will take some time. He played a very physically demanding position for a long, long time, and at a very high level as well. He did not, however, win a Super Bowl. That alone may count heavily against him in the eyes of voters down the road. I think he eventually gets in, but it will quite a while after he is eligible five years from now. Thanks for the memories Brian, just wish you could have played in the orange and blue a little longer.
Denver Sports by J Simp