Two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck has announced his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL.
Defensive end Tuck claimed a pair of Super Bowl rings as a member of the New York Giants, where he also was named to two Pro Bowls and named a first-team All Pro in 2008.
Tuck, who finished his career with 66.5 sacks, moved on to the Oakland Raiders in 2014, but a pectoral injury limited him to only five games in what has turned out to be his final season in the league.
“After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I’ve had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets,” Tuck said as he made his announcement on Facebook.
“I’m thankful to my family and close friends for their unwavering support. My beautiful wife and kids have dedicated their lives to being my closest support system and I’m eternally grateful.
“I want to thank the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders for giving me a place I could call home all of these years. The Mara, Tisch, and Davis families, I’m forever in your debt.
“To my coaches: thanks for having me ready at every stage – the Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, you name it – thank you for teaching me about professionalism, preparation, and the pursuit of perfection. To my team-mates: thank you for always going to battle with me each and every game day, but more importantly, thanks for being my brothers for life.
“And lastly, the FANS. What an incredible environment you’ve created for me over the years to call a workplace. You all have been so supportive of me and my family, and without you I would have no game to play. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”