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Justin Tuck announces retirement after 11 seasons with Giants, Raiders

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:52:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

After spending 11 seasons crushing quarterbacks, defensive lineman Justin Tuck is retiring from the NFL. Tuck, who played for the Giants and Raiders, revealed his decision with a Facebook post, writing that he's leaving the game "with very few regrets."

In Tuck's career, he recorded 66.5 sacks and 510 combined tackles. Most importantly, Tuck played an instrumental role in the Giants' past two Super Bowl wins, harassing Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady in both of those games.

Tuck, who only appeared in five games with the Raiders this past season due to a pectoral injury, also spoke with Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo last week, telling him that he still feels "like I can play with the best of them." However, the injury seemed to play a role in his decision to walk away, with Tuck saying "maybe that was God trying to tell me something."

According to Garofalo, Tuck actually considered retiring back in 2012, but decided to journey on. Now, just as he was set to enter free agency, Tuck's walking away, though he noted that if Tom Coughlin hadn't stepped down as the Giants' head coach, he would've considered returning to New York, where he spent the first nine years of his career.

"It's been like a tug of war, and finally the rope broke," Tuck told Fox Sports, "and where I fell was retirement."

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