Brian Dawkins Calls It Quits

  • Last Updated: April 24 2012, 7:34 BST

Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins has retired after 16 seasons in the NFL.

Brian Dawkins: went to nine Pro Bowls in 16 years

Dawkins, a nine-time Pro Bowler, was the Philadelphia Eagles' second-round selection in the 1996 draft.

He played the first 13 years of his NFL career in Philadelphia where he won five NFC East titles and lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

He moved to Denver ahead of the 2009 campaign but missed the end of last season and the Broncos' play-off run due to a neck injury.

"I am announcing my retirement from the NFL," Dawkins, 38, said on his Twitter account.

Both of his former teams praised Dawkins for his commitment to the game.

"Brian Dawkins is one of the best to ever play the game, a future Hall of Famer who changed the way his position is played," Broncos head coach John Fox said in a statement.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said: "On the field, in many ways, Brian re-invented the safety position. He had the speed and athleticism to line up against the game's best receivers, and was equally effective in the run game.

"His love for the game was infectious and he poured his entire heart and soul into everything he was doing from the moment he entered the stadium until he left."