Posluszny retires after 11 National Football League seasons with Bills, Jaguars

Posluszny retires after 11 National Football League seasons with Bills, Jaguars

In a letter posted to the Jacksonville Jaguars' official website, former Penn State star and 11-year National Football League veteran Paul Posluszny announced his retirement.

"I would like to offer my deepest thanks to the Pennsylvania State University, and the entire Nittany Lion family", Posluszny wrote.

The 33-year-old Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker announced his retirement Tuesday morning after realizing he "can no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable".

He announced his retirement via a heartfelt letter released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A Pro Bowl pick in 2013, he was the Jaguars' defensive captain for five of his seven seasons, and he made at least 100 tackles in eight of is 11 pro years. He played in 145 games in his National Football League career, making more than 1,200 tackles, recording 16 sacks, and intercepting 15 passes.

"Today is a hard day for me, but it is also a day of reflection and gratitude", Posluszny wrote.

Posluszny has been one of the primary faces of Linebacker U ever since suiting up for the blue and white. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg rated the Aliquippa native as the No. 5 Big Ten player of the decade, regardless of position. I love the game of football so much, and I know there is truly only one acceptable way to play.

Posluszny finished the 2017 season with a career-low 61 tackles. During my seven years as a Jaguars player, I've always pursued success and winning football games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance. "I formed lasting friendships with with my college roommates; played with outstanding men like Sean Lee, Dan Connor, Tim Shaw and Michael Robinson".

Posluszny was star linebacker and two-time All-American at Penn State before joining the National Football League in 2007, when he was drafted in the second round by the Bills. He also owns the franchise record for most interceptions by a linebacker (11).

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