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Justin Tuck announces retirement

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 7:  Defensive end Justin Tuck #91 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a sack for the win against the San Francisco 49ers on December 7, 2014 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 24-13.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Charles Woodson isn’t the only veteran member of the Raiders defense who has decided to call it a career.

Defensive end Justin Tuck announced Monday that he will be retiring from the NFL. Tuck spent the last two years in Oakland after playing for the Giants from 2005 to 2013.

“After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football,” Tuck wrote on Facebook. “I’ve had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets.”

Tuck’s 2015 season ended after five games, 14 tackles and a sack because of a torn pectoral muscle. He’ll be best remembered for his nine years with the Giants, which saw Tuck reach double digits in sacks four times and play a leading role on a pair of Super Bowl champions driven by a relentless pass rush.

Tuck told Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports that he feels physically able to continue playing but that the injury played a role in his decision and that he’s now “looking forward to being able to do something else.”

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41 Responses to “Justin Tuck announces retirement”
  1. jmoney74 says: Feb 1, 2016 4:20 PM

    Was a great mentor for our young guys.. hope he can go on to have a good life after football.

  2. niners816 says: Feb 1, 2016 4:20 PM

    ” Tuck wrote on Facebook. “I’ve had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets.”
    —————
    His biggest regret: Signing with the Raiders.

  3. sdelmonte says: Feb 1, 2016 4:21 PM

    I will always remember him for the Tuck rule.

  4. ronworthdubbs says: Feb 1, 2016 4:21 PM

    A good guy on and off the field. Gave us Giants fans lots of memories. Good luck, Justin.

  5. medialovesthecowboys says: Feb 1, 2016 4:25 PM

    As a Cowboys fan, was always one of my favourite guys to hate.
    But it’s just football. Now that it’s over, All the best.

  6. lambeauheap says: Feb 1, 2016 4:25 PM

    Guy was a pro’s pro. Although his skills took a few rings away from my boy Tommy and the Pats, I have nothing but respect for the guy. Wish him well in retirement (if he actually stays retired).

    I remember watching some raiders game last year or something when the d line made a sack and were celebrating because they thought they won, but there was time left and he was the only one, seemingly on the whole team, who noticed and called a TO. Random but I thought it was a great heads up move

  7. ninerfan81 says: Feb 1, 2016 4:27 PM

    Giants Ring of Honor

  8. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 1, 2016 4:28 PM

    good luck Tuck! You were a beast on the field, caused me to scream at tv set many many times!
    – eagles fan

  9. tyrobjenkins says: Feb 1, 2016 4:29 PM

    I’m sure this is somehow the fault of the Detroit Lions because people would have you believe they cause everybody to retire early.

  10. patsfan says: Feb 1, 2016 4:30 PM

    I was just thinking about him while watching Denver in Brady’s backfield.

    He played the game hard, he played it right, and he played it well.

  11. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 1, 2016 4:32 PM

    This guy is the reason Brady is not 6-0 in superbowls.

  12. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Feb 1, 2016 4:33 PM

    sdelmonte says:
    Feb 1, 2016 4:21 PM
    I will always remember him for the Tuck rule.
    __________________________________
    I really hope you weren’t serious and that was just a bad attempt at a pun. lol

  13. jag1959 says: Feb 1, 2016 4:37 PM

    He was a beast between the lines and by all accounts a stand up guy outside of them. Thanks for being a great Giant Justin, wish you’d never left. Always good for a quote, probably a media gig waiting. Best wishes going forward.

  14. birdsfan7 says: Feb 1, 2016 4:39 PM

    Class Guy, all the best Justin.

  15. Big Ant TV says: Feb 1, 2016 4:41 PM

    POTENTIAL NEW NY GIANTS DEFENSIVE LINE COACH in the MAKING YOU SAW IT HEAR 1st

  16. armchairqb says: Feb 1, 2016 4:42 PM

    Thanks for two championships, Justin. Congrats on a great career.

    –A Giants Fan

  17. dontbeemo says: Feb 1, 2016 4:44 PM

    I used to sit on the board for a charity in NYC and let me tell you NO ONE was more willing to give time/money than Tuck.

    The amount of good this man will do in retirement kinda makes my socks roll up and down.

  18. infectorman says: Feb 1, 2016 4:48 PM

    So this means that “justintuckrule” has to retire also.
    See ya!

  19. tdubdizzle says: Feb 1, 2016 4:51 PM

    Thanks for the memories Justin Tuck. You played a key role in the rebuild of the Raiders.

  20. logast says: Feb 1, 2016 4:55 PM

    Patriots fan. Boilermaker fan. Good luck in your retirement. Always liked Tuck as a player. Seems like a good man.

  21. honkeyt says: Feb 1, 2016 4:57 PM

    Thanks for helping restore the Raiders to respectability. I know your influence rubbed of on Mack and the other young guys. Here’s to a great life.

  22. vegasgreek says: Feb 1, 2016 4:58 PM

    now the raiders can save money and create more cap space.

  23. staffordsyear says: Feb 1, 2016 5:00 PM

    Good for him, had a solid NFL career and gets to retire young with millions. I for one am envious.

  24. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Feb 1, 2016 5:05 PM

    I remember those Subway commercials with Justin Tuck, RG3 and Jared.

    How’s that working out?

  25. censoredagain says: Feb 1, 2016 5:12 PM

    Once a Giant, always a Giant

    Congrats, Tuck, and thanks for the memories!

  26. philvil41 says: Feb 1, 2016 5:17 PM

    One of the best leaders the Raiders ever signed. I wish the best for him going forward.

  27. smokehouse56 says: Feb 1, 2016 5:20 PM

    Lets hear the trash talk. I like Justin, he was a darn good defensive end. Money wise, he’s set for life. I’m sure he has wisely invested his dollars. My only regret is that he didn’t wear green. Signed an Eagles fan.

  28. jjackwagon says: Feb 1, 2016 5:24 PM

    7-9 is doubling your wins from the previous season but lets not get carried away with all the “respectability” and “rebuild” talk.
    Then again maybe 7-9 is considered rebuilt and respectable in Oakland.
    Congrats on a great career Tuck, the last couple of years notwithstanding.

  29. nypd1056 says: Feb 1, 2016 5:34 PM

    Sign the one day contract and retire as a NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANT. You & Stray were the best.

  30. roadtrip3500 says: Feb 1, 2016 5:41 PM

    One would expect Tuck to do as Osi did last year and sign a one-day with the Giants to retire in blue.

    In SB42, Tom Brady and the Pats O-line had no clue how to deal with him playing DT at his size and speed.

  31. headwoundharry says: Feb 1, 2016 5:58 PM

    One by one the rats flee the ship rather than find themselves homeless without food or water. Look’s like Carr will have to be the leader now. Thank you god!

  32. freepretzels says: Feb 1, 2016 6:29 PM

    He had tough sledding after Strahan retired, but he was part of something great in NY.

    Good for him.

  33. catfish252 says: Feb 1, 2016 6:32 PM

    Thanks for all the great games as a Giant Justin. I wish you all the best for the future.

  34. carl lafong says: Feb 1, 2016 7:09 PM

    Great player, great career. Thanks JT!

  35. redtelephone66 says: Feb 1, 2016 7:15 PM

    The only knock on him is he was friends with Jared.

  36. captainmanhattan says: Feb 1, 2016 7:33 PM

    #underrated #twotimecosuperbowlmvp #alwaysagiant #respect

  37. raiderfan121 says: Feb 1, 2016 8:25 PM

    ” Tuck wrote on Facebook. “I’ve had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets.”
    —————
    His biggest regret: Signing with the Raiders.

    Well at least he did not finish his career with that dumpster fire that used to be across the bay !!!

  38. radrntn says: Feb 1, 2016 8:26 PM

    wish you the best JT….Thanks for signing with the Raiders, and grooming Mario Edwards for the future.

  39. justintuckrule says: Feb 1, 2016 10:00 PM

    Congrats JT. I will honor your legacy by continuing to be the best poster this site will ever know.

  40. TomsulasMustache says: Feb 1, 2016 11:30 PM

    Raiders need to sign some veteran leadership

  41. raiderapologist says: Feb 2, 2016 8:08 PM

    jjackwagon says:
    Feb 1, 2016 5:24 PM

    7-9 is doubling your wins from the previous season but lets not get carried away with all the “respectability” and “rebuild” talk.
    Then again maybe 7-9 is considered rebuilt and respectable in Oakland.
    Congrats on a great career Tuck, the last couple of years notwithstanding
    ———————
    Is every Chiefs fan a hilljack? Seems so.

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