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Chris Kuper retiring

Offensive guard retiring Aaron Wilson

Print This March 11, 2014, 12:58 AM EST

Denver Broncos offensive guard Chris Kuper plans to retire.

Kuper has played eight NFL seasons and is a three-time team captain who played in 90 games for the Broncos.

A former fifth-round draft pick, Kuper started 79 career games.

“I’d like to thank Mr. Bowlen, John Elway, Coach Fox and the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play for the Broncos,” Kuper said in a statement. “I’m also appreciative of Mike Shanahan for drafting me and bringing me into this organization back in 2006. So many people have supported me during my career, including all my teammates and coaches, my parents, David and Tina, and especially my wife, Cynthia.

“This felt like the right time for me to leave this game on my terms. I’m going to miss hanging out in the locker room, and the offensive line meeting room, in particular. We shared a lot of laughs. I was fortunate to grow up in the game around a good group of veterans, especially Tom Nalen and Ben Hamilton, and became great friends with so many of the guys. I sincerely appreciate all of the support from Broncos fans over the years, and I am excited for new opportunities in the future.”

“Chris Kuper had a strong impact on this organization during his eight years in Denver,” Broncos general manager John Elway said. “He was a great Bronco whose toughness and grit made us better. I congratulate Chris on his outstanding NFL career and wish him well in his retirement from football.”

“‘Kup’ consistently demonstrated the type of leadership you look for in a team captain,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “He earned the respect of his teammates and coaches for his dedication to the game. I congratulate him on a great career, and I thank him for his many contributions to our team.”

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