Former NFL wide receiver Sean Dawkins has died at the age of 52.
The first-round draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts died of cardiac arrest.
Dawkins was honored as a consensus All-American in 1992 at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the all-time record for receiving touchdowns.
In 1993, Dawkins was drafted by the Colts, placing sixteenth in the first round of the draft.
He played nine NFL seasons overall, also playing for the New Orleans Saints, the Seattle Seahawks and the Jacksonville Jaguars, before ending his career with 25 touchdowns and 6,291 receiving yards.
His best season was in 1999 with the Seahawks, when he scored seven touchdowns and 992 receiving yards. Seahawks owner Jim Irsay confirmed the sad news of Dawkins' death.
“Rest in peace, Sean Dawkins,” Irsay wrote. "I am shocked and saddened. My prayers and condolences to Sean’s family.”
A native of Red Bank, New Jersey, Dawkins grew up in Sunnyvale, California and went on to make his mark at Cal, where he helped lead the Bears to victory in the Copper Bowl and Citrus Bowl.
In 1992, he was the top receiver in college football with 14 receiving touchdowns, winning recognition as an All-American that year. His record of 31 career touchdown receptions is Cal's best.
"Heartbroken over the tragic loss of Sean Dawkins, a true legend of the [Cal] Bear community," Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd, who attended Cal with Dawkins, wrote. "His remarkable talent brought joy to fans and inspired many. Our deepest condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Sean."
In 2005, Dawkins was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.
Cal paid tribute, calling Dawkins "an incredible father and husband, and a great Golden Bear."
An incredible father and husband, and a great Golden Bear.
Rest In Peace, Sean Dawkins (1971 – 2023)
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) August 11, 2023
His former Colts teammate Derwin L. Gray called Dawkins "such a marvelous football player."
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🙏🏿https://t.co/ZjcI09BYyj pic.twitter.com/w6fVD9bLGv
— Dr. Derwin L. Gray (@DerwinLGray) August 10, 2023
After retiring from football, Dawkins pursued a career in real estate and raised a family in the Sacramento area.
He is survived by his wife, Sachiko, twin sons Luke and Kameron, and daughter, Ella.
"Sean was the center of our universe," Sachiko said. "He was an incredible father and husband."