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Brian Patrick Dawkins

MHR- This might be premature but we could witness the “Rabid Wolverine” this Sunday for the last time at a Mile High. Brian Dawkins will finish his 16th NFL career with the Denver Broncos. I for one would like to send a big THANK YOU to Mr. Dawkins for everything you have done. We as Bronco fans have been so blessed to see you play for our Denver Broncos!



From Wikipedia

Brian Dawkins

No. 20 Denver Broncos

Safety

Personal information

Date of birth: October 13, 1973 (1973-10-13) (age 38)

Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida

Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)

Career information

College: Clemson

NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61

Debuted in 1996 for the Philadelphia Eagles

Career history

· Philadelphia Eagles (19962008)

· Denver Broncos (2009–present)

Roster status: Active

Career highlights and awards

· 8× Pro Bowl selection (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)

· 6× All-Pro selection (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009)

· "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year (2008)

· 20/20 Club

· Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team

· NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2011

Tackles

1,131

Sacks

26.0

INTs

37

Stats at NFL.com

Brian Patrick Dawkins (born October 13, 1973 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American football safety for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson.

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Dawkins is a member of the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team, the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and the 20/20 Club (20 sacks, 20 interceptions).

Dawkins was drafted in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. As a rookie in 1996, he replaced Eric Zomalt as the starting free safety, remaining in that position throughout his 13 year career in Philadelphia. In 1996, he started 13 of the 14 games he played in, recording 75 tackles, a sack, and three interceptions. Dawkins' rookie season would also see the trio of himself, Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent form in the Eagles secondary that formed the core of the Eagles defense through 2003, and was instrumental in placing the Eagles among the best defenses in the league.

Dawkins made his first of eight Pro Bowls in 1999, earning a reputation as a hard-hitting ball-hawk. His emergence as one of the premier safeties in the NFL earned him the role of Eagles' defensive captain, and a mainstay on the Eagles. In fact, Allen Iverson's departure from the Philadelphia 76ers in 2006 made Dawkins the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia sports.

In 2002 in a game versus the Houston Texans he became the first player in NFL history to record a sack, an interception, forced fumble, and touchdown reception in a single game. This performance, as well as his consistent Pro Bowl-caliber play, earned him a seven-year contract extension at the conclusion of the 2002 season.

In 2004, after three consecutive NFC Championship defeats, the Eagles finally advanced to the Super Bowl with a win over the Atlanta Falcons; the Eagles ultimately would lose to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, 24-21. It was Dawkins' first and only Super Bowl appearance.

During the 2008 season, he became the tenth member of the 20/20 Club and broke the Eagles record for games played surpassing Harold Carmichael who had 180. The 2008 season was a memorable one for Dawkins and the Eagles, as the 5-5-1 team went on a 4-1 surge to make an improbable run to the NFC Championship game where they lost to the Arizona Cardinals, in what turned out to be Dawkins' final game as an Eagle.

He finished his career with the Eagles starting 182 of 183 games, recording 898 tackles, 34 interceptions, and 21 sacks.

Denver Broncos

On February 28, 2009, Dawkins signed a five-year, $17 million contract with the Denver Broncos. He joined another teammate, Correll Buckhalter, who also signed with the Broncos. The contract includes $7.2 million guaranteed and a termination clause that says Dawkins can opt out of the contract after two years and receive an extra $1.8 million, virtually making the contract for two years and $9 million. Dawkins can also earn an additional $10 million in performance incentives.

On December 29, 2009, the NFL announced that Dawkins was the starter of the AFC Pro Bowl team as a strong safety. Dawkins played in 16 of 16 games for the 2009 Broncos. He totaled 116 tackles and 2 interceptions. In 2010, Dawkins had an injury shortened season compiling 66 tackles and 2 interceptions while only playing in 11 games. In yet another injury filled year for 2011 Dawkins has 55 tackles with 5 for a loss, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.

I know I’m not the only one but I hope we get another season or at least another game from the Wolverine, but even the greatest must walk away at some point. Everyone stand up and give Dawkins a Mile High Salute. SALUTE! Thanks for the memories and years of enjoyment you sir are one that we will never see again in the NFL. You will be missed by all!

MHP

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