Nine-time Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins joined ESPN as a NFL studio analyst in September 2012. He regularly appears on programs throughout the year such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, Audibles and NFL32.
A 16-year NFL veteran who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1996-2008) and Denver Broncos (2009-11), Dawkins was a member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team and the Eagles’ 75th Anniversary Team. His career numbers include 1,131 tackles, 26 sacks and 37 interceptions in 224 games (221 as a starter), ranking him among the league’s all-time top safeties. He started for the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX and in four consecutive NFC Championship games (2001-04 seasons).
Dawkins earned the first of his nine Pro Bowl selections in 1999. He achieved this honor seven times as an Eagle (also in 2001, 2002, 2004-06 and 2008), and twice as a member of the Broncos (2009 and 2011), including his final season last year when he helped Denver win the AFC West and advance to the AFC Divisional Playoffs.
During his 13 years in Philadelphia, Dawkins was one of the team’s vocal leaders and a centerpiece of the defensive unit, starting 182 of 183 games. The Eagles selected him No. 61 overall (second round) in the 1996 NFL Draft. The 2008 Byron “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year recipient retired from professional football in April 2012 as a member of the Eagles after signing a one-day contract with the team where he spent most of his career. The franchise officially retired his No. 20 week four of the 2012 NFL season.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Dawkins attended Clemson University where he was a 2nd-team All-American as a senior with an ACC-leading six interceptions. He finished his collegiate career with 247 tackles and 11 interceptions and was named to Clemson’s All-Centennial Team in 2005 and to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
A longtime fan of Marvel Comics’ X-Men series, Dawkins nicknamed his alter ego “Weapon X” – the code name for the fictional government project that created the Wolverine character–when he was an NFL player. Away from the field, he was a NFL Players Association player representative for seven years and served as a Vice President on the NFLPA’s Executive Committee.