Former Broncos safety Brian Dawkins elected to Hall of Fame

Weapon X makes a breakthrough for safeties, but John Lynch snubbed again

Brian Dawkins spent three seasons with the Denver Broncos. Credit: Jeffrey Beall.

Former Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame ahead of Super Bowl 52.

A defensive captain with the Broncos between 2009 and 2011 after 13 years in Philadelphia, Dawkins will become the sixth former Bronco to be enshrined in Canton.

The Clemson alum’s career in Denver saw him named a first-team All Pro and two-time Pro Bowler in addition to the four-time first-team All Pro and seven Pro Bowl honors earned with the Eagles.

Dawkins was also named to the 1996 All Rookie Team and the NFL’s 2000s All Decade team.

For the Broncos, it means back-to-back trips to Canton, OH in August after running back Terrell Davis was enshrined in 2017.

“We’re very happy for Brian Dawkins on his well-deserved election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement.

“Brian established himself as one of the NFL’s most respected and beloved players over many years in Philadelphia before joining the Broncos for the final three seasons of his incredible career.

“Here in Denver, Brian made multiple Pro Bowls as an inspirational leader for our team and a standout in the community.

“All of us at the Broncos congratulate Brian on being voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

Dawkins will join John Elway, Gary Zimmerman, Floyd Little, Shannon Sharpe and Davis as former Broncos in the Hall of Fame.

While it was good news for Dawkins and the community of former safeties regularly overlooked for the Hall of Fame, fellow former Broncos safety John Lynch, who was a finalist for the fifth consecutive year, will have to wait at least another year to get the recognition he deserves.

The team and former players are again expected to push the case for Lynch, and Broncos owner Pat Bowlen to be elected after repeated snubs, while 2019 is also the first year of eligibility for former Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey.

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