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Super Bowl Champion, Longtime NFL Defensive End Announces Retirement At 32

Derek Wolfe, Denver Broncos

Super Bowl-winning defensive end Derek Wolfe has played his final snap in the National Football League. This Friday morning, the 32-year-old defensive lineman announced his retirement from football. 

"The gratitude that I feel to the organization as a whole and the city itself, the love that they showed me from Day 1, it's just been incredible," Wolfe said, via DenverBroncos.com. "And even after I left, after eight years I was with them, with the Broncos, and then I went to the Ravens for two years, during those two years I still got a ton of support and love from this city — and the whole state, really, and anyone that's a fan of the Broncos became a Derek Wolfe fan."

The Broncos selected Wolfe with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He went on to spend the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the AFC West franchise before playing for the Baltimore Ravens in 2020 and 2021. 

Injuries proved to be a major obstacle in the latter end of Wolfe's career. He reached an injury settlement with the Ravens in June of this year, leading to his release. 

Now, Wolfe is calling it a career. The 32-year-old defensive end is retiring. He totaled 350 tackles and 34 sacks during his 10-year NFL career. 

Wolfe's most notable season came in 2015-16. He was a disruptive force on the edge and helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50. 

Congratulations on a terrific career, Derek.