Alex Mack confirms he’s retiring from the NFL

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Word on Thursday was that 49ers center Alex Mack is retiring from the NFL and confirmation came on Friday.

Mack officially announced the end of his playing career in a post to his Twitter account.

“After 13 years and 204 games for 3 teams, I have decided to hang up my cleats,” Mack wrote. “I am so grateful to the game of football and everything it has given me. From the very start it helped shape who I am and taught me life lessons. I started to play football because it was fun and that never changed.”

Mack went on to thank fans, teammates, and coaches who he encountered at the University of California and with the Browns, Falcons, and 49ers in the NFL. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler and the NFL named him to its all-decade team for the 2010s.

13 responses to “Alex Mack confirms he’s retiring from the NFL

  1. Can’t believe that this article didn’t comment on the effect that Mack’s retirement will have on the Niners.

    What will they do at the center position? Will they sign JC Tretter? Will they go with Jake Brendel, or with a rookie (several options there). With Tomlinson having already departed in free agency and the other OG position up for grabs, now that Mack is gone the Niners will be completely re-making the entire interior offensive line while starting a relatively inexperienced QB. And even the RT position could be considered shaky with McGlinchey coming back from a major injury.

    The Niners are really strong on defense, have great offensive skill players and Trey Lance holds a lot of promise. But what about that offensive line?

  2. Good. As a Saints fan, hated when he was with the Falcons. Such a damn good player.

  3. We all have things we have to live with, you know, regrets. For Mack, at or near the top of his list of what-might-have-been came two plays after Julio Jones’ phenomenal catch along the sideline late in Super Bowl LI, when Trey Flowers got by him for a crucial sack of Matt Ryan. A holding call on the next play took the Falcons out of range for a game-deciding field goal. And we all know what happened after that. Enjoy your retirement, Alex. We loved you in Cleveland.

  4. I’m a Niners fan, but I don’t see how they can do well this year.

    THe Niners lost McDaniel, their great run game coordinator. They lost Wes Welker, the Wide Receiver Coach. They are likely starting their rookie QB, Lance, who will be running for his life now that Mack is gone. They lost Mostert, a great, fast running back.

  5. Congrats Legend, but huge loss for the 9ers. Might as well start Lance since any QB is going to have to run for their life back there.

  6. Good for him. Retiring at 36 years old knowing you have not only taken care of yourself but future generations must feel good. As a Ravens fan I remember center Matt Birk retiring. The next time I saw him he dropped most of his extra weight and was almost unrecognizable and is now the trim, fit CEO of his own company. No one would recognize Ravens guard, 8x pro-bowler, Marshall Yanda in public either. It unreal how these guys pack on the weight to play their position.

  7. That OL is going to be one of the leagues worst without Mack, with the only position they’re set at being LT. From LG on down SF is in trouble, Lance is going to be getting hit A LOT this next year. He was injured in his first start, if he can’t take the punishment SF is in trouble.

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