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      Dawkins headlines SC Athletic Hall of Fame class

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Brian Dawkins says he's grateful that Clemson helped him become a standout NFL safety, an ESPN analyst and now, a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

      Dawkins was enshrined in ceremonies Monday with seven others honored for their contributions to state sports. Dawkins started at free safety for the Tigers from 1993-95 before getting drafted by Philadelphia and going on to 16 stellar seasons with the Eagles and Denver Broncos.

      Dawkins is a nine-time Pro Bowler and is on the NFL's all-2000s team

      Since retiring in 2012, Dawkins has reconnected with his college and the school has named a lifetime leadership award in his honor. Dawkins thinks Tigers coach Dabo Swinney is on the right track to keep Clemson relevant for some time to come.

      Dawkins is part of an eight-person hall of fame class that includes former Clemson quarterback Rodney Williams, former SC State offensive lineman Edwin Bailey, former South Carolina basketball guard Zam Fredrick, Olympic gold medalist Monique Hennagan, the South Carolina Golf Association's Happ Lathrop, South Carolina baseball great Randy Martz and Newberry basketball standout Carl Short.