Nov 26, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62) walks off the field after overtime win against the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles C Jason Kelce retires after 13 seasons

A tearful Jason Kelce announced his retirement Monday after 13 seasons as the center for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The six-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection started 205 games for the Eagles, including the postseason.

Drafted in the sixth round (191st overall) in 2011, Kelce became a Super Bowl LII champion and one of the most durable, decorated and respected centers in NFL history — and one of the league’s most passionate players.

He had trouble holding back those emotions from the outset of Monday’s press conference in Philadelphia.

“Not a good start,” said Kelce, who repeatedly fought through tears during a speech that lasted 45 minutes.

“I’ve been asked many times why did I choose football — what drew me to the game — and I never have an answer that gets it right,” Kelce said. “The best way I could explain it is what draws you to your favorite song … your favorite book. It’s what it makes you feel. The seriousness of it. The intensity of it.

“Stepping on the field was the most alive and free I had ever felt. There was a visceral feeling with football, unlike any sport. The hairs on my arms would stand up. I could hit somebody, run around like a crazed lunatic and then get told, ‘Good job.’ I love football.”

Kelce had not missed a start since Week 8 of the 2014 season, a franchise-record streak of 156 consecutive regular season games. His 193 career regular season starts rank second in Eagles history behind longtime teammate and defensive end Brandon Graham (195).

Kelce blocked for NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy in 2013. More recently, he was a driving force for the wildly successful “tush push” with quarterback Jalen Hurts in short-yardage and goal-line situations. He played for head coaches Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, Doug Pederson and Nick Sirianni.

“It has always been a goal of mine to play my whole career in one city,” Kelce said. “I couldn’t have dreamt a better one if I tried.”

The other four centers in NFL history with at least six All-Pro selections are all in the Hall of Fame: Jim Otto, Bulldog Turner, Dermontti Dawson and Jim Ringo.

Kelce, 36, is the older brother of Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce.

The siblings have a popular podcast and a broadcasting career is a potential next step for Jason Kelce. “Multiple” networks courted him ahead of Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, according to ESPN.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; referee Jerome Boger (23) conducts instant review during the second half of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Carolina Panthers  at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

NFL referee Jerome Boger retires after 19 seasons

Jerome Boger retired after 19 seasons as an NFL game official, 17 of those as referee.

His was one of four retirements announced Thursday by the NFL. Down judge Jerry Bergman retired after 21 seasons, line judge Walt Coleman IV retired after eight and back judge Steven Patrick after nine.

Boger’s tenure had its ignominious moments.

The 67-year-old was the crew chief for the wild-card game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Las Vegas Raiders in January 2022, when a whistle was blown during a play that saw Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow throw a touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd in the back of the end zone late in the second quarter.

Replay indicated that the whistle, which the officials called inadvertent, came while the ball was in the air and just before Boyd made the catch. The defender closest to Boyd appeared to ease up on the play just before the catch was made. Boger and his crew let the play stand.

Boger also drew widespread criticism this past season for a roughing-the-passer penalty on Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett on a sack of Tom Brady in Week 5. Jarrett seemingly avoided all the red flags for roughing but was penalized anyway, allowing the Bucs to run out the clock in the 21-15 win.

Boger ruled that Jarrett “unnecessarily threw him to the ground.”

Boger entered the NFL in 2004 as a line judge and was named referee ahead of the 2006 season.

Boger worked Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans between the Ravens and 49ers — his only SB assignment — and six other postseason games during his career.

–Field Level Media

Dec 24, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Seattle Seahawks center Austin Blythe (63) during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks OL Austin Blythe retires after 7 seasons

Seattle Seahawks starting center Austin Blythe announced his retirement Tuesday after seven seasons in the league.

“The last 7 years have been nothing short of amazing,” Blythe wrote in an Instagram post. “For a short, unathletic, undersized kid from Iowa, I’ve played a lot of football, met countless coaches and teammates that I can call friends, and made enough memories for myself and my family to last a lifetime. I am so grateful, and extremely blessed, to have played the game for any amount of time, let alone 7 years.”

Blythe, 30, started all 17 games for Seattle in 2022. He started 66 of 92 career games with four different teams, including the Los Angeles Rams from 2017-20.

Blythe was a seventh-round selection of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Blythe signed a one-year deal worth $4 million with Seattle in March 2022 and was set to become a free agent.

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Jan 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Seven-time Pro Bowl WR A.J. Green retires

Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green retired Monday after 11 NFL seasons, nine with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Green, 34, played his last two seasons in Arizona.

Green made the announcement on his Instagram page.

“I’ve stayed true to the game and it owes me nothing,” Green posted, in part. “The next chapter begins …”

The Cardinals thanked Green in a tweet.

Green finishes his NFL career with 727 catches for 10,514 yards and 70 touchdowns. He played in 158 games (144 starts), the last 31 (19 starts) in Arizona.

The Bengals selected Green No. 4 overall out of Georgia in the 2011 draft, and he posted the first of five consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his rookie campaign. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons in Cincinnati. He also was a second-team All-Pro twice.

Green was hampered by injury in 2018 and missed the entire 2019 season with an ankle injury.

The Cardinals signed him to one-year deals in both 2021 and 2022.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) takes the field before a wild card game against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady: ‘I’m retiring for good’

Tom Brady announced Wednesday morning that he retiring “for good” from football.

Brady, 45, initially retired from professional football last Feb. 1. He changed his mind 40 days later and returned to play the 2022 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On Wednesday, Brady took to social media and said the following in a video:

“Good morning, guys. I’ll get to the point right away. I’m retiring for good.

“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be longwinded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year, so really thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me.

“My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors — I could go on forever, there’s too many,” Brady said in the video, fighting back tears. “Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing. Love you all.”

Brady concludes one of the most decorated NFL careers of all time. Among his records: most Super Bowl championships (seven), most regular-season wins by a quarterback (251), most postseason wins by a quarterback (35), most passes completed (7,753), most pass attempts (12,050), most passing yards (89,214) and most passing touchdowns (649).

He is a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player and a 15-time Pro Bowl selection.

Brady spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, then joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2020 season and led them to a Super Bowl championship in his first campaign.

In 2021, he led the NFL in passing yards (5,316) and passing touchdowns (43) before those numbers fell to 4,694 and 25, respectively, in 2022 as the Buccaneers finished 8-9. Tampa Bay made the playoffs as the champion of the weak NFC South before getting hammered by Dallas in the wild-card round.

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Oct 27, 2018; Stanford, CA, USA; General view of the Stanford Cardinal helmet during the first quarter against the Washington State Cougars at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford OL Branson Bragg retires, citing concussion

Stanford offensive lineman Branson Bragg has retired from football due to the effects from a concussion.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound senior from Texas announced his decision Monday on Twitter.

“This was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but with long-term lingering and intense symptoms from a severe concussion I sustained in training camp, along with other mental health factors, I’m confident that stepping away is the best decision for me,” Bragg wrote.

Bragg started six games in 2020 and nine games in 2021, moving between right guard and right tackle. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors from the league’s coaches last season.

Bragg added that he is on track to graduate on time with a bachelor’s degree in mathematical and computational science.

–Field Level Media

May 14, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wyatt Hubert (56) participates in drills during NFL minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals DE Wyatt Hubert retires

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wyatt Hubert has decided to call it a career.

The Bengals placed Hubert on the reserve/retired list on Saturday.

“After many conversations with my coaches, medical staff, agents and family, I have decided to step away from the game of football and retire from the NFL,” Hubert wrote Saturday on Twitter.

“It has been a tough decision to make. The root cause of this decision is my physical health. Unfortunately I have dealt with many injuries that have taken a permanent toll on my game, body and performance on the field.”

Hubert, 24, was selected by Cincinnati in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Kansas State.

He sustained a torn pectoral muscle in the offseason of that year, however, and sat out what would have been his rookie season.

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Sep 16, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) celebrates the win over the Oakland Raiders at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Former Broncos, Ravens DE Derek Wolfe retires

Former Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday at age 32.

He won a Super Bowl during his eight seasons in Denver (2012-19) and played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2020.

Wolfe missed the entire 2021 season with a hip injury and was released by the Ravens last month in an injury settlement.

“After 10 seasons in the NFL, I’ve decided it’s time to step away from the game,” he said in a video posted by the Broncos on Twitter. “Time for a new beginning.”

In 122 career games (116 starts), Wolfe notched 350 tackles, 34 sacks, 81 QB hits and three fumble recoveries. The 2012 second-round draft pick won his ring with Denver in Super Bowl 50.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to pass the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to retire after 17 seasons

Journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is set to call it a career after 17 NFL seasons.

Fitzpatrick, 39, has yet to make a formal announcement, however ESPN confirmed the news after former Buffalo Bills teammate Fred Jackson shared a screenshot of a text massage from the quarterback. Fitzpatrick wrote the words “Forever grateful for the magical ride” to numerous teammates, along with a sizable list of names of players with whom he has competed in his career.

While Fitzpatrick’s playing career apparently is coming to a close, he likely won’t be away from the game for long. Multiple media outlets reported Fitzpatrick is in talks with Amazon for the upcoming NFL season.

Fitzpatrick played only 16 snaps last season with the now-Washington Commanders, his ninth NFL team. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 13 yards before sustaining a hip subluxation in the second quarter of the 20-16 season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Fitzpatrick underwent arthroscopic surgery and did not play the rest of the season.

He has thrown for 34,990 yards and 223 touchdowns with 169 interceptions in 166 career games (147 starts).

A seventh-round draft pick out of Harvard in 2005, Fitzpatrick has played for the then-St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Washington.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

RB Bilal Powell signs 1-day contract with Jets, retires

Running back Bilal Powell announced his retirement from the NFL after signing a one-day contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday.

Powell, 33, spent nine seasons as a member of the Jets. He last played an NFL game on Dec. 29, 2019.

“Man, it’s going to take me all the way back to the time when there were people who probably didn’t believe in me,” Powell said. “You don’t think about the future at that time. Now, you think about all the moments, the memories. You miss certain things about it, right? And to know that this chapter of my life is closure for me and to understand I’m a Jet for life, I don’t think too many guys can say that they came through and played this game.”

Powell rushed for 3,675 yards and 15 touchdowns and had 211 catches for 1,600 yards and five scores in 109 career games (38 starts) with New York. He was selected by the Jets in the fourth round out of Louisville in the 2011 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media