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.