Retiring Dawkins Leaves Mark of Leadership

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s John Lynch can attest, it's not true that Brian Dawkins was an NFL safety and nothing but.

It was the Pro Bowl after the 1999 season, well before Lynch and Dawkins would call on the Broncos for part II of their distinguished careers. Lynch's Tampa Bay Buccaneers had lost their NFC championship game, which meant his coaching staff would get the consolation prize of leading the NFC team in the Pro Bowl. Herm Edwards was the Bucs' defensive backs coach who quickly had an all-star secondary with no cornerbacks.

"As often happens, everybody wanted to go to the Pro Bowl, but there were a couple cornerbacks who didn't feel like playing," Lynch said. "So Herm is in a tough spot, and Dawk went out and played the entire Pro Bowl as a cornerback. Things like that stick...

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