Broncos safety Dawkins to retire

Brian Dawkins has decided to retire, according to his Twitter account.

The veteran safety is calling it quits after 16 years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos, where he spent his final three seasons.

Dawkins' announcement read as follows: “The Lord has blessed me to play in the NFL for 16 years," Dawkins said. 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 was bothered by neck problems toward the end of the 2011 season and was not available at the end of the regular season or the playoffs for the Broncos.

His contract was up and he had contemplated for several weeks whether or not to return, and had indicated that if he played, it would only be for the Broncos.

Dawkins finishes his career with 37 interceptions, 28 forced fumbles and was selected to nine Pro Bowls.

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