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Justin Tuck, New York Giants (February 7, 2012)

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Defensive end Justin Tuck announced his retirement from the NFL today. The 32-year old Tuck played 11 seasons in the NFL, nine with the New York Giants and the last two with the Oakland Raiders. Tuck missed most of the 2015 season with a torn pectoral muscle. Tuck was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

“If Coach (Tom) Coughlin would’ve come back another year, I probably would’ve (considered) coming back (to the New York Giants),” Tuck told FOXSports. “I didn’t even venture down that road. I think I would’ve given a lot of consideration to it.”

Tuck announced his retirement via his Facebook page.

“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.

“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.”

Tuck was drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In his nine years with the Giants, Tuck played in 127 regular-season games with 90 starts, accruing 453 tackles, 60.5 sacks, two interceptions, and 20 forced fumbles. He was a key component of the Giants 2007 and 2011 NFL Championship teams. Tuck was also one of the deciding factors in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, accruing two sacks in both games. Tuck is the only player in NFL history with multiple sacks in multiple Super Bowls. He is also second in career Super Bowl sacks with four. Tuck was a two-time Pro Bowler (2008, 2010) and was named first-team All-Pro in 2008 and second-team All-Pro in 2010.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and current CBS NFL analyst Bill Cowher said the New York Giants did not contact him about the team’s head coaching vacancy. Cowher has long been rumored to have been interested in coaching for the Giants. He has not closed the door on returning to coaching.

“It’s all good,” said Cowher. “I’m flattered. I think the coach they got is going to do a great job. It’s a great organization, good quarterback. I wish them all the luck. Seriously.”