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Bertrand Berry calls it quits

As the Arizona Cardinals wait to hear whether a fairly important member of their offense will be retiring, a long-term member of the team’s defense is packing it in.

Defensive end Bertrand Berry has retired after 12 NFL seasons.

The announcement was made by Berry during a Thursday radio show, and documented by the team’s web site.

“I’ve been playing football since I was 9 years old, 25 years, and with
it coming to an end there is a little bit of sadness but at the same
time it means there is a new beginning,” Berry said.  “It’s been a great
ride. . . .

“It’s time,” Berry said. 
“I’ve given a lot of my life to the game, I have played the game at a
high level and I have tried to represent myself the best I could.  I
think I have played the game the right way, I think I have respected
the game and I think I left the game a little better than when I came
in.
 

“I
am proud of my career and what I accomplished.  At this point, there
isn’t much more I can do.  I was able to live out my dream for 13 years
and I have no regrets.”

Drafted by the Colts way back in 1997 (round three, 86th overall), Berry spent three years in Indy, three in Denver, and six with the Cardinals.  He became a full-time starter in 2003, but he reverted to playing mainly as a backup in 2008.

He was out of football in 2000, after being cut by the Rams during the preseason.  He played in Canada before getting another shot in the NFL come 2001.

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14 Responses to “Bertrand Berry calls it quits”
  1. turboreattore says: Jan 21, 2010 10:09 PM

    This guy is one of that guy had few pubblicity, but when he was healty, he always played so well.
    Good luck Bertrand.

  2. DarkBrownBro says: Jan 21, 2010 10:10 PM

    Bertrand Berry calls is quits
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    soft

  3. leatherneck says: Jan 21, 2010 10:12 PM

    That’s a great career. Happy trails, Mr. Berry.

  4. RavensFreak00 says: Jan 21, 2010 10:33 PM

    “it”

  5. FumbleNuts says: Jan 21, 2010 10:42 PM

    13 years in the meat grinder…. just wow!
    Have a GREAT retirement!

  6. AutumnWind999 says: Jan 21, 2010 11:36 PM

    Wonder if they’ll hire his cousin Fred “Rerun” Berry to fill his shoes. Oh yeah, you better believe that’s What’s Happening. Hey hey hey.

  7. Lex Luger says: Jan 21, 2010 11:36 PM

    Underrated player, but I suspect his later career resurgence was due to the effects of HGH.
    Dude was a beast from 2003-2007

  8. Treima says: Jan 21, 2010 11:46 PM

    An integral part of a defense that largely underachieved, but as Lex said…he was a beast not too long ago. A career well-spent, and a retirement well-earned.

  9. luke1982 says: Jan 22, 2010 12:07 AM

    # turboreattore says: January 21, 2010 10:09 PM
    This guy is one of that guy had few pubblicity, but when he was healty, he always played so well.
    Good luck Bertrand.
    ——————————————————-
    I got a headache trying to read this mess!!!

  10. GiantSquid says: Jan 22, 2010 12:53 AM

    The Colts never should have drafted a 9 year old

  11. MrNatural says: Jan 22, 2010 4:11 AM

    Who?

  12. DonTerrelli says: Jan 22, 2010 6:26 AM

    Hines Wards questions his toughness.

  13. pubobby2004 says: Jan 22, 2010 9:24 AM

    pop and lock

  14. Wipackman says: Jan 22, 2010 10:12 AM

    I have a lot of respect for this guy Class Act !!! … Enjoy your life BB …your getting out right before the NFL and Union ruin the whole thing !!

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