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

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.