Former NFL and Berkeley standout player Sean Dawkins dead at 52

 August 12, 2023

The sports world, and especially the University of California, Berkeley football program, are mourning the loss of one of a standout former wide receiver who just passed away.

According to Fox News, Sean Dawkins, a Cal football Hall of Famer and former member of the Indianapolis Colts, died this week at age 52.

The former player's death was confirmed by university officials to the San Francisco Chronicle.

He was a legend at the school, where he was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

Phenomenal career

Dawkins racked up impressive stats both at the collegiate and professional football levels. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1993 during the first round.

As far as his accomplishments for the Cal football program, Dawkins was nothing less than a standout in his senior year.

Fox News noted:

Dawkins was inducted into Cal Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. He holds program records for touchdown receptions in a career (31) and season (14 in 1992), and single-season receptions and yards (65 catches for 1070 yards in 1992), according to the school’s website.

His professional career was also notable, as he managed to make big plays and proved to be a tough and larger wide receiver.

Fox News noted:

Dawkins played five years with Indianapolis, where he hauled in 251 receptions for 3,511 yards and 12 touchdowns. His best season would come in 1999 during his first year with the Seattle Seahawks, when he caught 58 passes for 992 yards and seven touchdowns.

He ultimately played for four different NFL teams, and finished out his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was noted that he "retired with 445 receptions, 6291 yards and 25 touchdowns."

Tributes pour in

Former teammates and friends paid their respects to Dawkins across social media this week, with many noting his impressive accomplishments on the football field throughout his career.

"Another one of my teammates, Sean Dawkins has passed away at age 52. Sean and I were in the Colts 1993 Draft Class. He was one of the first big WR in the NFL at 6'5, 220. He was elegant, such a marvelous football player. Tough day," Dr. Derwin L. Gray, a former NFL safety, wrote.

Colts owner Jim Irsay wrote, "Rest in peace, Sean Dawkins. I am shocked and saddened. My prayers and condolences to Sean’s family."

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