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Feb 22, 2021

Clemson Athletics Black History: Brian Dawkins

Brian Dawkins had an All-America career at Clemson between 1992-95, but he was even better at the next level.  Dawkins played 16 years in the NFL and was named to the Pro Bowl nine times, more than any other former Clemson player.   As a result, he became the first former Tiger to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

Over his NFL career with the Eagles and Broncos, Dawkins played 224 games, 221 as a starter.  He had 1,147 tackles, 59 tackles for loss, 26 sacks and 37 interceptions. He was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s and was a five-time first-team All-Pro.

At Clemson, Dawkins led the ACC in interceptions in 1995 with six and was named second-team All-American.   He was a three-time All-ACC player and had 247 tackles and 11 interceptions in his career.

The Clemson football program gives the Brian Dawkins Lifetime Achievement Award each year in his honor.