After 16 seasons in the National Football League, Brian Dawkins has decided to retire, announcing it via Twitter. Dawkins was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1996 through 2008, and a strong case could be made for him as the most beloved player in the franchise’s storied history.
Dawkins was the heart and soul of the Eagles, leading the team to five conference championship games and a Super Bowl berth, along the way making seven Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams. Dawkins went on to make two more Pro Bowls and another AP All-Pro team with the Denver Broncos, and would still have been a highly-sought after player in free agency had he decided to return for 2012.
Dawkins leaves behind a legacy that few safeties in the history of the game can match. Picking the best moments of his career is difficult to do, but here are 10 moments that I will always remember.