Jared Allen Announces Retirement After 12 NFL Seasons

Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Twitter.

“I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career,” Allen said in the video. “This was the part where I was gonna ride off into the sunset. But seeing how there’s no sunset, I’m just gonna ride off.” He then rode off into the distance on horseback.

Allen played 12 seasons in the league with the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, and Panthers. 

Many thought this might be the 33-year-old Allen's last year in the league after he was traded from the Bears to Panthers early last season. Hoping to end his career as a champion, Allen played through a broken foot in Carolina's loss in Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos.

He made five Pro Bowls in his career and as a four-time first-team All-Pro selection. Allen also led the NFL in sacks in 2007 and in 2011, during which he won NFC Defensive Player of the Year and set the Vikings franchise record with 22 sacks.

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