OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL.
Tuck announced his decision Monday and says he leaves the NFL with very few regrets.
“After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football,” Tuck said on Facebook. “I’ve had 11 great years and, honestly, I leave with very few regrets.”
Tuck played his first nine seasons with the New York Giants, helping them win two Super Bowl titles. He spent the past two years in Oakland, where he was a mentor to All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack.
“Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome, and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best.”
Tuck was an All-Pro in 2008, when he had 12 sacks. He finishes his career with 66 1/2 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three interceptions in 147 career games.
Tuck missed the final 11 games this season with a torn pectoral muscle.
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