By Brandon Longo

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Brian Dawkins will be stepping down from a full-time role in the Philadelphia Eagles front office.

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Brian Dawkins, the nine-time Pro Bowler who spent 13 seasons with the Birds from 1996-2008, worked in the Eagles front office as a football operations executive for the past two seasons.

The Eagles say Dawkins announced his decision to step down to become a consultant with the team, while also pursuing other endeavors including entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

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“I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Don Smolenski and Coach Pederson for blessing me with the opportunity to return to this great organization. This is a special time in Philadelphia Eagles history and I am grateful to have been a part of the team’s first Super Bowl Championship – something I wanted to help bring to this great city, one way or another. I will always cherish the relationships I have within the building and it was a privilege to work side-by-side with so many great people. I have put a lot of time in prayer into this decision, and after talking it over with my family and listening to the Lord, I am being called in a different direction as I take the next step in my life and career,” Dawkins said in a statement. “Although I am leaving my full-time role in football operations, I will always be a part of the Eagles family and the Philadelphia community. I look forward to continuing to work with the organization as a consultant while I also pursue other endeavors that are extremely important to me and my family’s purpose to inspire hope and increase the minds, bodies and souls of so many to come.”

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Dawkins finished his Eagles career in 2008 as the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (183) and interceptions (34).

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Dawkins will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on Aug. 4