DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19: Safety Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his interception in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19 2010 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Broncos' Brian Dawkins Announces Retirement After 16 Seasons

16-year NFL veteran Brian Dawkins has decided to retire.

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Brian Dawkins Retired From NFL After 16 Seasons, 3 With Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins has announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons. He took to Twitter to let everyone know his decision:

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

Dawkins had played for the Broncos since the 2009 season, moving over from the Philadelphia Eagles -- his team for the first 13 years of his career. Dawkins became the soul of the Broncos defense, but over the last couple of years neck injuries cost him numerous games. He managed to play in just 14 regular season games and missed both playoff games after injuring his neck on a tackle during a game in Buffalo. He wound up hitting into teammate Robert Ayers on the play.

He finishes his career with 911 tackles, 37 interceptions, 36 forced fumbles and 26 sacks.

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