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Longtime NFL Star Is Officially Retiring At 33

Washington Commanders pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan.

One of the NFL's most underappreciated stars of the past decade is officially retiring. Ryan Kerrigan, 33, made an announcement this Friday morning that his career has come to an end. 

Kerrigan spent 10 seasons in D.C. playing for Washington before spending 2021 with the Philadelphia Eagles. During his 11-year NFL career, the longtime NFL pass rusher totaled 457 tackles, 95.5 sacks and 26 forced fumbles. 

To recognize his contributions to the franchise, the Commanders are signing Kerrigan to a one-day contract. He'll retire as a member of the organization.

Kerrigan is still capable of being a productive defensive lineman in the National Football League, but he feels it's time to hang up his cleats for the final time. 

"While I'm thankful for the amazing times and memories I was able to have as a player, I'm equally thankful to now have the wisdom and courage to walk away," Kerrigan said in a statement. "We all eventually come to the end of our playing days, and that time is now for me."

In a joint statement by co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder, they called Kerrigan one of the "most accomplished" players in Washington's history. 

High praise for one of the NFL's more underrated players over the past decade. 

"We are thrilled that Ryan Kerrigan is retiring in the burgundy and gold," the statement reads. "Ryan is one of the most accomplished players in franchise history both statistically and in how he carried himself with class both on and off the field in the community. We are honored that Ryan reached out and wanted to sign a one-day contract with the organization. Our all-time official sack leader belongs in the burgundy and gold and we're proud to welcome him home."

Congratulations on a great career, Ryan. Enjoy retirement.