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Jared Allen Announces Retirement from NFL

Allen Leaves as NFL’s Active Sack Leader after 12-year Career


CHARLOTTE, N.C.-One of the NFL’s best pass rushers of the last decade has called it a career.

Defensive end Jared Allen announced his retirement from football on Thursday through a video posted on social media.

Allen, who spent 12 seasons in the NFL, said in the video, “I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career. This is the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset, but seeing how there is no sunset, I’m just going to ride off,’ as he rode off on a horse he was mounted on during the video.

The 33-year-old accumulated 136 sacks in his 12 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers. Allen’s best personal season came in 2011 as a member of the Vikings where he collected 22 sacks to lead the league. He had 11 sacks or more in eight of his 12 seasons.

Allen was a part of the Panthers team that played and lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 a week and a half ago. He was acquired by Carolina from the Bears following three games into the 2015 season and had two sacks in 12 regular season games.

Prior to the end of the season, Allen had stated that he would return for another season, but only with the Panthers. Allen was scheduled to count $8.5 million against the Carolina salary cap in 2016, but it was unlikely the team would have kept him at that salary, which could be the reason he decided to retire.

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