Bengals safety Ricardo Allen retires

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Super Bowl LVI will be the last game of Ricardo Allen‘s career.

Allen, a safety who played for the Bengals last season, announced his retirement.

“I’ve always wondered how it would feel giving up what most people would consider to be ‘most of me’, and that’s being a professional athlete. But, the truth is, I’m blessed to be able to say that it’s been good. It could have been better with two Super Bowl rings, but who’s complaining? Not me,” Allen wrote on Instagram. “I’m blessed to be able to take the cleats off on my terms with a true burning love for the game and pretty cool opportunities within reach. The truth is, I’ve only scratched the surface of who I am and what I have to offer.”

A fifth-round pick of the Falcons in 2014, the 30-year-old Allen played seven seasons in Atlanta before signing in Cincinnati for his final season last year.

5 responses to “Bengals safety Ricardo Allen retires

  1. 30 years old…so young. Best to you in you new chapters of life and I’m sure you’ll remember your NFL days . Glad to see you have life goals besides football.

  2. Allen is a real class act and was very valuable to the Bengals this season. He has expressed coaching aspirations and just wanted to go out on a high note, though two disappointing SB losses (including the all-time collapse by the Falcons) has to sting. He’ll be missed and will make a great coach!

  3. This guy was much admired and beloved by his coaches and teammates on the Falcons. A good ball player who gave maximum effort and was like a coach on the field. Injuries cut his career short.

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