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Robert Gallery retires

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Robert Gallery, who entered the NFL hyped as the league’s next great left tackle but never became much more than a pretty good guard, has decided to call it a career after eight seasons.

The Patriots, who signed Gallery in March, announced his retirement today.

Coming out of Iowa in the 2004 NFL draft, Gallery was viewed as a sure thing. He had won the Outland Trophy as college football’s best lineman and was widely regarded as a can’t-miss prospect and a franchise left tackle who could be penciled in for several Pro Bowls over the course of his career. But it never worked out that way. Gallery often struggled with faster pass rushers, and after three years the Raiders decided he was a liability protecting the quarterback’s blind side and moved him to guard.

At his new position he carved out a solid second act to his career, but he struggled to stay healthy and eventually parted ways with the Raiders after the 2010 season. He played 2011 with the Seahawks and, after signing this year with the Patriots, said he thought New England was the right place for him to finish a career that he admitted had been less than ideal. As it turned out, he finished up his career earlier than expected. Robert Gallery is done in the NFL.

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  1. skoobyfl says: Aug 4, 2012 6:01 PM

    Don’t you call him pudgy, portly or stout….

  2. yelix says: Aug 4, 2012 6:03 PM

    One of the few Iowa linemen that hasn’t been good in the NFL.

  3. patriots87 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:07 PM

    my real thoughts would not make it through the mods. but basically i am displeased. luckily we have Scar…. that gives me some comfort. not that this guy was gonna start, but still the depth would have been nice.

  4. mrplow3 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:09 PM

    As the can’t miss #2 overall pick O lineman, he was a huge bust.

    He had a couple mediocre seasons sprinked around bad ones.

  5. litemater95 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:09 PM

    At least it frees up a roster spot for them to sign a much more needed Tight End.

  6. hulkhogansays says: Aug 4, 2012 6:10 PM

    Time sure does fly. I was at FedEx Field on Draft Day 2004 for a draft day party and a bunch of Redskins fans wanted him to supplant a decling Jon Jansen. I’d say we made the right call with Sean Taylor though brother. Nobody can tell me Sean wasn’t on his way to supplanting Ronnie Lott as greatest safety ever before he was unfairly murdered.

  7. acruiser75 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:12 PM

    I wonder when he’s gonna sign a contract to retire as a Raider…

  8. raider2124 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:12 PM

    Roberta gallery was a bum. He would be flattened by blitzing corners. One of the biggest busts in NFL history.

  9. randallflagg52 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:13 PM

    Gallery is exactly the reason a lot of people wern’t high on Brian Bulaga or Riley Reiff coming out of Iowa. That school seems to produce good offensive lineman (Marshal Yanda comes to mind) but crappy tackles. Gallery was by far the best suited to play LT being 6’7 and even he failed. Reiff and Bulaga arms are too short to ever play LT in the NFL full time.

  10. truetrue85 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:16 PM

    Honestly this doesn’t surprise me. Earlier reports out of camp have described his short Patriots career as getting blown up by undrafted free agents and seeing a serious decline in his athleticism.

    @patriots87: Actually he was looking more and more like the opening day starter at left guard as it looks like Logan Mankins could possibly be opening the season on the PUP list.

  11. raiderrob21 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:17 PM

    A real great guy. Did great charity work here in the Bay. Best of luck in your new endeavors. Once a Raider….Always a Raider.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. tigershark49 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:18 PM

    Just proves being dominant at one level doesn’t always translate to the next.

  13. keramidas21 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:22 PM

    he looks like a fat john frusciante in that picture.

  14. rickastleydancemoves says: Aug 4, 2012 6:25 PM

    One of the best at not being good.

  15. descendency says: Aug 4, 2012 6:33 PM

    yelix says:
    Aug 4, 2012 6:03 PM
    One of the few Iowa linemen that hasn’t been good in the NFL.

    —————————–

    He was a pretty good guard, actually. He just never lived up to his billing because of his draft spot, which by the way – Bill Belichick said he would have drafted him in the same spot too. (Belichick really liked the guy)

    Gallery is just done. I kind of had high hopes for him before finding out he wasn’t any good anymore :/

  16. mwindle1973 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:34 PM

    acruiser75 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:12 PM

    I wonder when he’s gonna sign a contract to retire as a Raider…
    _____________

    Yeah you don’t seem to have to be much of a player anymore to retire with your original team. It used to be only special players got to do that.

  17. jtchernak says: Aug 4, 2012 6:35 PM

    Ya he was getting destroyed by a lot of the defenders at camp

  18. hedleykow says: Aug 4, 2012 6:37 PM

    He had good hair for an offensive lineman. I miss him already.

  19. tonystrong says: Aug 4, 2012 6:43 PM

    Any Robert Gallery news reminds me of Al Davis because of all the wacky draft picks he made towards the end of his life that didn’t workout. Not a Raider fan but R.I.P. Al Davis!

  20. jhorton83 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:44 PM

    Another great Al Davis draft pick.

  21. worldchampsbaby says: Aug 4, 2012 6:45 PM

    And to think I wanted the giants to take Gallery and bypass Eli.Just shows what this amateur knows

  22. atrophiedambitions says: Aug 4, 2012 6:45 PM

    Sort of flies in the face of the logic that linemen are the safest picks really early in the draft.

  23. niners168 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:50 PM

    One of the all time greats! 5 years from now, we will see him at Canton as a first ballot hall of famer

  24. wherezwaldo says: Aug 4, 2012 6:52 PM

    he retired after he got drafted.

  25. randallflagg52 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:53 PM

    hulkhogansays says:Aug 4, 2012 6:10 PM

    Time sure does fly. I was at FedEx Field on Draft Day 2004 for a draft day party and a bunch of Redskins fans wanted him to supplant a decling Jon Jansen. I’d say we made the right call with Sean Taylor though brother. Nobody can tell me Sean wasn’t on his way to supplanting Ronnie Lott as greatest safety ever before he was unfairly murdered.

    ==================================

    You redskin fans and your revisionist history…

    You do realize that Taylor was picked AFTER Gallery, so it’s not like the Redskins had a choice in the matter. Also no one in their right mind would ever mention Sean Taylor as being possibly the greatest safety ever. How about Ed Reed, Steve Atwater, Kenny Easley, John Lynch, or Brian Dawkins? All are/were better than Taylor could ever hope to be.

  26. EJ says: Aug 4, 2012 7:03 PM

    He was a college stud, throwing Defensive Tackles, Defensive Ends and Linebackers around like rag dolls. I remember when he was in the draft, he was so over-hyped, every scout was talking him up, saying he was going to be a sure shot pro-bowler, one of the biggest guarantees to come out of college in a long while. He was drafted and turned out to be a bum Tackle. When he switched over to Guard, he looked comfortable, but he still wasn’t great, he was average at best. I hope the Raiders allow him to sign for a day so that he can retire where he started. It was weird seeing him in anything other than a Raiders uniform.

  27. matto8929 says: Aug 4, 2012 7:10 PM

    Dude was from Iowa, had to have liked Slipknot. Sure looked that way with all that scary ink on his arms. He could pass as a Hells Angel. Too bad he played like a stinky garbage man. He probably cries a lot.

  28. jvibottomline says: Aug 4, 2012 7:13 PM

    Big Ten, what did you expect?

  29. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 4, 2012 7:21 PM

    Some great players in that 2004 Draft, but he was definitely a disappointment.

  30. phillyphever says: Aug 4, 2012 7:22 PM

    And to think the Raiders passed on Fitzgerald for this guy. Could have saved them a lot of trouble by taking Fitz and in effect not trading for Randy Moss.

  31. Matt says: Aug 4, 2012 7:28 PM

    In a lot of ways, Gallery represented the slide downwards for the Raiders. As it happened, the 2003 team was viewed as an anomaly due to horrific injuries (Gannon’s shoulder, Tui’s ACL, etc) and Callahan just absolutely losing it in the locker room.

    Norv, Al, and everyone else in the league wanted Gallery. Larry Fitzgerald went third, but supposedly Al was more interested in Sean Taylor as an alternative pick. Rumors at the time were that the Raiders and Skins came very close to a trade in spots where the Raiders most certainly would’ve drafted Taylor.

    We never know what would’ve happened from there.

    We do know however, that Gallery’s inability to play LT epitomized our offensive line in the Shell year, which was the worst offensive line in team history. This led to us going 2-14 and drafting Jamarcus, which set up the team we have today.

  32. sportfanz says: Aug 4, 2012 7:29 PM

    Another in a long line of underwhelming Al Davis picks…RIP.

  33. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 4, 2012 7:36 PM

    It’s easy to criticize. Anyone can do that. Especially in anonymous fashion. I’m guilty of it myself at times.

    But at least Gallery went out and balled. He competed. He tried against the best in the world. Unlike Jamarcus, he made the effort.

    I am not a Raider fan, but you have to respect a man for laying it on the line … even if he fails.

    Acquaint oneself with Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in The Arena.” It is on point, and speaks volumes in this context (and many others).

  34. runtheball says: Aug 4, 2012 7:47 PM

    Oakland is a black hole. Nobody seems to pan out there anymore. Nnamdi was the last 1st rounder that was any good and he had the least hype.

  35. hulkhogansays says: Aug 4, 2012 8:00 PM

    We could have traded up.

    …and if you write off Taylor like that, well clearly you never paid attention to his skillset and vicious plays. He was a linebacker with Cornerback speed and offensive players FEARED him brother. I’m sure you’ll have some snarky reply, but I have spoken and many agree with me. Sean Taylor was on his way to being the best alltime at his position period.

  36. db3300 says: Aug 4, 2012 8:02 PM

    “Nobody can tell me Sean wasn’t on his way to supplanting Ronnie Lott as greatest safety ever before he was unfairly murdered.”

    In all of the world of sports, comments are made by homers on the web and talk radio that really make you scratch your head. Yours may have just cracked the top ten, my friend.

  37. nomesayin says: Aug 4, 2012 8:05 PM

    As a Raider fan, I remember draft day 2004 as being a coup for the Raiders. Outland Trophy winner Robert Gallery in the 1st rd, Rimington Award winner Jake Grove in the 2nd. It was as if he drafted Art Shell & Jim Otto!
    Sadly, neither panned out. They were supposed to be the cornerstone of the anticipated Raider resurgence.
    smh :/

  38. citizenstrange says: Aug 4, 2012 8:25 PM

    He’s one of the reasons …… along with SIX teams in front of the Steelers having what they thought were franchise quarterbacks ……..

    1) the Skins had Brunell
    2) the Browns had Garcia
    3) the Lions had Harrington
    4) Atlanta had Vick
    5) the Jags had Leftwich
    6) the Texans had Carr
    etc. etc. etc.

    that Roethlisberger fell to the Steelers at 11.

    Here’s the first 11.

    1. San Diego – Eli Manning, QB Mississippi
    *Traded to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers and the Giants third-round pick this year and their first and fifth round picks in the 2005 draft.
    2. Oakland – Robert Gallery, OT Iowa
    3. Arizona – Larry Fitgerald, WR Pittsburgh
    4. NY Giants – Philip Rivers, QB North Carolina State
    Traded, along with their third-round pick this year and their first and fifth round picks in the 2005 draft, to San Diego for Eli Manning.
    5. Washington – Sean Taylor, S Miami (Fla)
    6. Cleveland ( from Detroit) – Kellen Winslow Jr, TE Miami (Fla)
    7. Detroit (from Cleveland) – Roy Williams, WR Texas
    8. Atlanta – DeAngelo Hall, CB Virginia Tech
    9. Jacksonville – Reggie Williams, WR Washington
    10. Houston – Dunta Robinson, CB South Carolina
    11. Pittsburgh – Ben Roethlisberger, QB Miami (Ohio)

  39. foosballisthedevil says: Aug 4, 2012 8:38 PM

    One would expect that the king of the false start would leave the NFL early too

  40. citizenstrange says: Aug 4, 2012 8:50 PM

    add to previous

    The Chargers and Giants took QBs so that leaves …

    1) The Raiders had Rich Gannon in his 17th year and Kerry Collins in his 11th year and they took Gallery.

    2) The Cardinals had Shaun King and Josh McCown and they took Larry Fitgerald.

    Just incredible luck and circumstance that Roethlisberger fell to the Steelers at 11.

  41. jayquintana says: Aug 4, 2012 9:12 PM

    I remember there being serious discussion of taking Gallery number 1.

    Considering how rarely he made contact with the charging defensive player in front of him, maybe the best next move for Gallery would to become a matador.

  42. raysfan1 says: Aug 4, 2012 9:31 PM

    @hulkhogansays–

    “No one can tell me Sean (Taylor) wasn’t on his way to supplanting Ronnie Lott as greatest safety ever before he was unfairly murdered.”

    I guess you’re entitled to your opinion, but you should be aware that you’re in a very small minority with it. I disagree and I am a Redskins fan.

  43. kingcarlbanks says: Aug 4, 2012 9:38 PM

    I remember thinking the Giants should draft him to protect Kerry Collins instead of taking a Qb. And I wonder why im not a NFL GM….

  44. queenlivekillers says: Aug 4, 2012 9:48 PM

    The second coming…of Tony Mandarich.

  45. stairwayto7 says: Aug 4, 2012 11:00 PM

    Another Hawkeye bust.

  46. vincentbojackson says: Aug 5, 2012 12:28 AM

    Raiders draft history seems to be full of guys that look great on paper but never quite live up to the hype.

  47. dabutcha114 says: Aug 5, 2012 12:44 AM

    So long u f-ing bum! Thanks for nothing! Go shack up with JaMarcus

  48. jayquintana says: Aug 5, 2012 12:57 AM

    @kingcarlbanks

    Well… since we’re being honest here. I remember saying, “Reggie Bush is going to be BETTER than Tomlinson — I guarantee it!”

    My friends, merciful guys, have only reminded me of this a couple billion times.

  49. fourthandafoot says: Aug 5, 2012 2:16 AM

    He wasn’t a bust, he was just overdrafted and played in the wrong position. It was a known fact that his arms were too short to play LT in NFL. Any merely competent team would have projected him to guard and adjusted his draft value. Don’t blame Gallery for the Raiders mistakes. If would have taken an ultra quick lineman to compensate for that lack of measurables at the LT position.

  50. bcgreg says: Aug 5, 2012 9:01 AM

    @ Randallflagg2

    Other than Ed Reed, Rodney Harrison was better than all of the other guys you listed.

    Ed Reed is the best safety EVER. Ronnie Lott is # 2. Loved watching Atwater (Hello, Mr Okoye!). John Lynch was a little overrated IMO. He was good, but Harrison was better and Lawyer Milloy (Patriot years) was just as good (Look at the numbers. I did.) in that era.

    Oh, and good luck, Mr Gallery, in your future endeavors.

  51. mwcarolina says: Aug 5, 2012 4:24 PM

    You do realize that Taylor was picked AFTER Gallery, so it’s not like the Redskins had a choice in the matter. Also no one in their right mind would ever mention Sean Taylor as being possibly the greatest safety ever. How about Ed Reed, Steve Atwater, Kenny Easley, John Lynch, or Brian Dawkins? All are/were better than Taylor could ever hope to be.
    ——————————————————-
    wow, first off, that poster did NOT and i repeat NOT write that Taylor is possibly the greatest safety ever, he said, he could’ve been well on his way before his tragic murder and he would’ve likely been the Redskins version of Ed Reed, hard to compare him to Dawkins as Dawkins was more of a strong safety, Taylor was more of a free safety.

    as for saying that the Redskins couldnt get Gallery, there were rumors of a trade up for Gallery and SOME people predicted that the Raiders would get……Fitzgerald or even Williams, there were many rumors and Gallery could’ve been a skin if the Raiders decided not to pick him.

    as for Gallery himself, he will always be known by me as a better version of Manderich as he was a better guard than tackle, but wasnt as hyped and didnt get busted for steroids, Gallery was just not a great tackle.

  52. war71 says: Aug 5, 2012 4:46 PM

    Gallery was a drain on the Raiders economically and on the field. Drawing a high salary (LT and 2nd overall) and being a human penalty machine (false start) knew his NFL career was on the downswing when he followed Coach Curly (nuck nuck) to Seattle. Good riddance.

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