At a time when players’ adjustments to life after football has come under increased scrutiny, Brian Dawkins says his first couple months of retirement are going well.
Dawkins, who announced his retirement in April after 16 NFL seasons, appeared at a football camp for people with Down Syndrome today in Colorado and told the Denver Post that he’s excited to have more time for events like that.
“It’s something to be able to give back to different organizations, especially with kids,” Dawkins said. “I’m at peace with my decision. I’m very ecstatic about the next phase of this thing, doing some of the things that have been in my heart for maybe the last three-to-four years. This is what I’ve been doing, charitable things with different organizations, dabbling in a little coaching, a little broadcast work, if that comes to fruition, so I’m excited about that.”
Dawkins’ coaching will be at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where Brian Dawkins Jr. is a sophomore, and the father is excited about being able to coach his son. (Father was also quick to say that son will have to earn his playing time, just like he would if he weren’t the coach’s kid.) After a long and honorable career Dawkins would be justified if he just wanted to put his feet up in retirement, but that’s not the kind of guy Brian Dawkins is.