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Steve Hutchinson to retire

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One of the best interior offensive linemen of his generation is stepping away from the game.

Titans offensive guard Steve Hutchinson intends to retire on Tuesday, Fox’s Jay Glazer reported Monday night.

According to Glazer, Hutchinson said a knee injury slow to heal helped convince him to end his career. An injured knee landed Hutchinson on injured reserve in December.

A seven-time Pro Bowl and a five-time first-team All-Pro, the 35-year-old Hutchinson started all 169 regular-season games in which he played in 12 NFL seasons. A first-round pick of the Seahawks in 2001, Hutchinson played five seasons for Seattle before departing for Minnesota in one of the more famous free-agent episodes in NFL history. In 2006, the Seahawks gave Hutchinson the transition tag, and Minnesota constructed an offer sheet that included a so-called “poison pill” that would have caused the contract to become fully guaranteed if Seattle matched the offer.

Hutchinson would play six seasons in Minnesota, making three Pro Bowls, before moving on to Tennessee for the 2012 campaign — his last in the NFL, it appears.

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25 Responses to “Steve Hutchinson to retire”
  1. gohawks89 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:50 PM

    one of the most dominating players i have seen
    wish he would of stayed in sea
    good luck dude

  2. letmesetyoustraight says: Mar 11, 2013 10:52 PM

    Great player, great career. Enjoy your retirement.

  3. sainttimbo says: Mar 11, 2013 10:53 PM

    Guy was a great guard in his day. Good luck to him.

  4. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:53 PM

    First ballot hall of famer. Probably the best free agent pickup the vikings have ever had, along with antoine winfield.

    offensive lineman are where you put your big money (not receiver), and at the time, the vikings definitely put up the big bucks for him. and it worked out well.

  5. chawk12thman says: Mar 11, 2013 10:54 PM

    Thanks for the memories……..

  6. mattolikesthevikes says: Mar 11, 2013 10:59 PM

    Love Hutch! He was great at what he did.

  7. acmepackers says: Mar 11, 2013 10:59 PM

    I’m a Packer fan and this guy mauled my team for many seasons. A true force up front. Great career!

  8. wludford says: Mar 11, 2013 10:59 PM

    Great guy ending a great career. Hope to see you someday in Canton wearing Vikings purple.

  9. toes110 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:02 PM

    Congrats on a great career hutch, class act while he was here in MN…..

  10. Stiller43 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:02 PM

    I thought he was out of the league like 3 years ago…..?

  11. pbolyard says: Mar 11, 2013 11:05 PM

    Go Blue

  12. osiris33 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:09 PM

    One of the best ever. Sean Alexander behind Hutch and Walter jones on 3rd or 4th and was money. Never stopped once that I can recall.

  13. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:09 PM

    Even the worst GM in NFL history, Mutt Millen when he was with the Lions recognized Hutchinson’s ability. So when Seattle took him with the 17th pick, Millen in a knee jerk reaction took Jeff Backus, Hutchinson’s line mate at Michigan, with the very next pick. Backus has been serviceable but Hutchinson has been great.

  14. tdstevie says: Mar 11, 2013 11:13 PM

    As a Packer fan, I wish him nothing but the best in his future…one heck of a player and is definitely a class act

  15. freepretzels says: Mar 11, 2013 11:26 PM

    Our generation’s John Hannah. Great player.

  16. mblue24 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:26 PM

    Great player. Go Blue!!

  17. jdubb84 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:55 PM

    Him and Walter jones was the best left side line in NFL history

  18. jonny42671 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:22 AM

    Great career Hutch and thanks for the memories. To bad the dirty Saints cheated you out of a ring.

  19. doe22us says: Mar 12, 2013 12:25 AM

    I am an avid football fan and back in the days used to follow the Rams, I remember this guy and Walter Jones were just maulers. Good Luck on your retirement.

  20. jtylert says: Mar 12, 2013 1:06 AM

    He and Walter Jones got Shaun Alexander an MVP running left over and over and over with no one to lay a hand on him.

    Amazing player. Proud to have had him around for as long as we did.

  21. saxmachine69 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:15 AM

    One of the best guards in the history of the game. It was great to watch him play in Purple. Hope to see him in Canton soon!

  22. flipola says: Mar 12, 2013 1:17 AM

    Hopefully extra incentive for TN to draft a guard.

  23. titans12thman says: Mar 12, 2013 1:49 AM

    I wish you could have stayed another year Hutch, your a class act and one of the best at your position. Just like our own HOF O-lineman like Bruce Matthews and Mike Munchack, you might very well see yourself in canton one day. As a lifer for the Oilers/Titans organization I was proud to support you and your work ethic!

    Good luck in life and ENJOY retirement Steve!

  24. purpleguy says: Mar 12, 2013 10:47 AM

    One of the classiest, most talented and greatest players the Vikings have had, not to mention a lovable grump.

  25. bnwpnw says: Mar 15, 2013 11:37 PM

    What could have been a Super Bowl win or two teamed with Walter Jones got turned into a Poison Pill debacle that’s now part of his permanent NFL legacy.

    Wonder if he considered that when his agent Tom Condon was pushing it. Not out of the question that HOF voters will consider it as well.

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