Rumored for weeks, the Seattle Seahawks just announced defensive end Patrick Kerney has retired from the NFL.
Kerney, 33, was a two-time Pro Bowler and two-time AP All-Pro selection who finished with a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2007. He finished tied for 45th overall on the NFL career sack list with 85.5 sacks in his 11-year career.
"Despite the desire to continue my career, I am retiring from professional football," Kerney said in the team's release. "The toll that has been taken on my body will no longer allow me to train, and hence, perform, at a level that is acceptable to me. It has been a privilege to work for two, first-class organizations that are supported by passionate, inspirational fans. I cannot express enough gratitude to all who have supported me throughout my career."
Kerney reportedly had a retirement party soon after the season ended in January, but later denied he had retired. Kerney could have possibly been responsible for paying back a considerable amount of signing bonus money if he retired, but now with the team announcing his retirement, he appears free and clear.