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Cal alum, former Colts receiver Sean Dawkins dies at 52

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AUGUST 10, 2023

Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver and Cal alumnus Sean Dawkins has died at the age of 52, a Cal Athletics spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Californian Thursday.

Dawkins began his football career for the Bears in 1990, where he set program career and season records in touchdown receptions. During his time in the blue and gold, Dawkins made two bowl appearances at the Copper and Citrus bowls.

Dawkins later became a first-team All-Pac-10 and was named Cal’s most valuable player in 1992. Dawkins was selected as a consensus All-American that same year.

Following his time at Cal, Dawkins was selected by the Colts as a first-round draft pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, as the 16th overall pick. He spent five years with the Colts, later moving on to play for the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent 10 years in the NFL and totaled nine seasons before leaving the league.

In 2005, his legacy was cemented in the California Athletic Hall of Fame.

After retiring from the game, Dawkins became involved in the real estate industry in Sacramento, California. He then moved on to pursue a career in law enforcement, training to become a police officer in San Jose.

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AUGUST 10, 2023