Soaring into retirement: Eagles legend tweets huge announcement!/BrianDawkins/status/194422934729789442

Former Philadelphia Eagles legendary safety Brian Dawkins tweeted his decision to retire early Monday morning. The 38-year-old has spent the last few seasons with the Denver Broncos and despite his age he remained one of the best safeties in the NFL.

Not only will Dawkins go down as one of the best defenders to ever set foot on the gridiron, he will also undoubtedly be a first ballot hall of famer.

Brian Dawkins has retired? Gutted, a true great and legendary safety in the #NFL, all the best to the man.

— Andre Harrison (@Harrison101HD) April 23, 2012

So, Brian Dawkins is retiring. Had a great career. Best wishes to him in life.

— Eri (@EriReynolds) April 23, 2012

Brian Dawkins is the reason why I became a fan of football & why I fell in love with the game. His jersey is the first one I've ever bought,

— José Torres (@JoseTorresSFC) April 23, 2012

Sad to hear that Brian Dawkins has retired. Guess that brutal schedule trumped having Peyton. Huge blow to the #Broncos. #NFL

— A.D. (@adabyt) April 23, 2012

So long Brian Dawkins. Great career with the Eagles and Broncos, loved watching you lay out people on sundays. Go Eagles!

— Adam Doklovic (@TheDoc416) April 23, 2012

A sad day in Football. The reason why I don't hate the Eagles like I do the Cowgirls & E-Luck and the G-Women. Brian Dawkins, 1 of the GOATS

— Busta Jones (@MrPap_Pap) April 23, 2012

Brian dawkins will go down as one of the best eagles and safeties in the history of the NFL. Sad to see him retire #weaponx

— Jordan Sutton (@JordanSutton45) April 23, 2012

Wow! Brian Dawkins is retiring?! Always a classy player. Surprised he's not giving it another year with Peyton coming into town

— Corey (@FiascoKnows) April 23, 2012

Brian Dawkins retires today. Without a doubt one of my favorite players of all-time, and quite possibly the quintessential Eagle.

— DAD NEWS BARRETT TH (@tholzerman) April 23, 2012

One of my favorite Eagles of all time is apparently retiring #20 Brian Dawkins, wish he was still a Eagle we could of used his head hunting

— Nick Naj (@Nicholas_MiNAJ_) April 23, 2012!/Mrice23/status/194427975511453696

Brian dawkins was the scariest safety there ever was #Truth

— MJ (@MikeJQuintero) April 23, 2012

Brian Dawkins retired. It's gonna be weird not seeing him in the league but hopefully someday he gets a job on the eagles staff

— Preston (@AsherKaithern) April 23, 2012

Congrats @BrianDawkins on a successful 16-year career. Great player. More importantly, great man in his community & locker room

— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) April 23, 2012

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