February 01, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Justin Tuck retires from NFL
Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck announced his retirement. “Justin Tuck has been an invaluable part of the Raiders organization since the day he arrived here,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “Everyone in the building appreciates all that he has done both on and off the field. His leadership in the locker room and mentorship of young players like Khalil Mack is immeasurable. The Raiders wish him and his family the absolute best.” “Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. “His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best.”Tuck is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and a former New York Giants third-round draft pick and Super Bowl champion. "After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I've had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets," Tuck wrote in a statement. "I'm thankful to my family and close friends for their unwavering support. My beautiful wife and kids have dedicated their lives to being my closest support system and I'm eternally grateful. "I want to thank the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders for giving me a place I could call home all of these years. The Mara, Tisch, and Davis families, I'm forever in your debt. To my coaches: thanks for having me ready at every stage - the Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, you name it – thank you for teaching me about professionalism, preparation, and the pursuit of perfection. To my teammates: thank you for always going to battle with me each and every gameday, but more importantly, thanks for being my brothers for life. "And lastly, the FANS. What an incredible environment you've created for me over the years to call a workplace. You all have been so supportive of me and my family, and without you I would have no game to play. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This isn’t a good-bye, my family and I will continue our charitable work with Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy and we look forward to continuing to give back to communities that have given so much to us. God Bless." Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL
Tuck had 499 career tackles, 66 1/2 sacks, 22 forced fumbles and three interceptions.