That's a career for Jared Allen. The former Kansas City Chiefs DE has announced his retirement in a very Jared Allen fashion with the video below.
Allen was a fourth round pick by the Chiefs in the 2004 NFL Draft. We expected hardly anything out of him but he stormed into the league with 43 sacks in his first four years as a Chief. He remains sixth in Chiefs all-time history for sacks.
His statement includes a thank you to the Chiefs.
"I want to take this time to thank my family, friends fans, and teammates who have given their continued support throughout my 12 year career. It's been a great ride for me, and I couldn't be more grateful for the memories. It is with a great deal of thought and consideration, that I have decided that I will not return to football next year. I want to thank the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs organizations, who provided me with an opportunity to live out my dream and to be a part of their wonderful communities. Thanks for the life long memories."
Allen was traded to the Vikings in 2008. The Chiefs received a first and third round pick for him and turned those into Branden Albert and Jamaal Charles. Meanwhile, Allen went on to play out his contract in Minnesota before stops in Chicago and Carolina. It was one of the rare trades that worked out very well for both sides.
With 136 career sacks, I wonder if the Hall of Fame will be calling.
Riding off into the sunset pic.twitter.com/wZXovseGKS— Jared Allen (@JaredAllen69) February 18, 2016