Linebacker Paul Posluszny retires

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The Jaguars have a promising young core of defensive players, and one of their mentors is walking away.

According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union, veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny is retiring after 11 seasons.

With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands,” he wrote. “I say this with a heavy heart: I am retiring from the NFL. I love the game of football so much, and I know there is truly only one acceptable way to play. Knowing I can no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable, I have chosen to end my football career. This decision is mine alone, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, it is the right and honorable action to take at this time in my life. I cherished every moment of my NFL career, and it has been such a blessing to play the game for as long as I have played. I anxiously look forward to next football season to arrive, but this time with the sole focus of being a great husband and father for my loving family.

The 33-year-old signed with the Jaguars in 2011 and endured the lean years, and then was moved out of the middle on an every down basis when Myles Jack was ready to take over there. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent tomorrow.

He played his first four years with the Bills, and retires second on the Jaguars’ all-time tackle list with 973, trailing only Daryl Smith (1,089).

8 responses to “Linebacker Paul Posluszny retires

  1. What’s with the giant auto-play video on the main page? It’s blocking your articles and it quite annoying.

  2. It means he competes against himself, which I learned at a young age.

    I quit highly competitive Softball at 34 for the exact same reason. I was still better than quite a few but losing that many steps and not doing what I was so used to be able to do…sorry.

    I totally get it and have the utmost respect for him and his decision. It’s hard to replace the shere love you have for a sport you no longer compete in. Impossible, actually.

  3. That’s a really fancy way of saying “I’ve saved enough money in my 11 year career that don’t need to beat my brains out for two or three more years as role player in order to retire comfortably.”

  4. Class …he was a great player and leader. What a way to
    exit….he had a good year and got to the playoffs for the
    first time.
    He showed fans and teammates how a player should conduct
    themselves. Hope he enjoys a great and well deserved retirement.

  5. Classy player and super nice guy. Built like a brick-youknowwhat.
    I’m glad he was able to be a part of successful season like that.

    Now on to the future. We’re coming for you.


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