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Johnathan Joseph retires after 15 seasons, realizing 'childhood goal of making it to the NFL'

Cornerback Johnathan Joseph officially announced his retirement Thursday, ending his NFL career after 15 seasons.

"In the summer of 2006, I signed my first NFL contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Fifteen years later, I can say I accomplished my childhood goal of making it to the NFL. I will never forget as a kid telling my father I wanted to be in the NFL," he wrote on Twitter.

In a series of tweets, Joseph, 37, went on to thank his family, his agent and his teammates at his four NFL stops -- the Bengals, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans -- and the fans, who he wrote "made playing the game worth it.