The Best of 2018 NFL Players Who Retired In 2018  

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After years of serious physical exertion—and countless injuries for some—there are quite a few NFL players who retired in 2018. Whether they felt they made the most out of their careers or those scary football injuries had sidelined them one too many times, these recently retired football players may be gone from the league, but many of them won't be forgotten. Simply put, not many sports take such a physical toll on players like football does, but these guys took it like champs nonetheless. 

Of all the football players retiring in 2018, including those who've already hung up their helmets, who will go down at the top of their class? Whether you're talking top wide receivers or hard-hitting defensive ends, all sorts of players are calling it quits before the 2018-2019 season—and it's something all fans can understand. From safety Kam Chancellor to linebacker Dwight Freeney, this recently retired NFL players list features some big names from the NFL. Which players are you sad to see go?

Check out the complete list of retiring NFL players below and vote up the stars you think finished their careers with the biggest bang. 

Kam Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list NFL Players Who Retired In 2018
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Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)

4× Pro Bowl (2011, 2013–2015)

2× Second-team All-Pro (2013, 2014)

2× ACC champion (2007, 2008)

Seattle Seahawks (2010-2018)

Position: Strong Safety, Safety

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Age: 29

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

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James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list NFL Players Who Retired In 2018
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2× Super Bowl champion (XL, XLIII)

5× Pro Bowl (2007–2011)

2× First-team All-Pro (2008, 2010)

2× Second-team All-Pro (2007, 2009)

NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2008)

Pittsburgh Steelers (2002)

Baltimore Ravens (2003)

Pittsburgh Steelers (2004–2012)

Cincinnati Bengals (2013)

Pittsburgh Steelers (2014–2017)

New England Patriots (2017)

Position: Outside Linebacker

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 37

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals

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#22 on The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

#49 on The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list NFL Players Who Retired In 2018
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3 89 VOTES

10× Pro Bowl (2007–2016)

7× First-team All-Pro (2009–2011, 2013–2016)

2× Second-team All-Pro (2008, 2012)

Outland Trophy (2006)

Unanimous All-American (2006)

Cleveland Browns (2007–2017)

Position: Offensive Lineman

Birthplace: Brookfield, Wisconsin, United States of America

Age: 33

Teams: Wisconsin Badgers football, Cleveland Browns

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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list NFL Players Who Retired In 2018
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11× Pro Bowl (2004–2010, 2012–2014, 2017)

2× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010)

2× Second-team All-Pro (2008, 2012)

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2012)

Dallas Cowboys (2003–2017)

Position: Tight end

Birthplace: Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: 33

Teams: Tennessee Volunteers football, Dallas Cowboys

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#93 on The Best Football Players Ever

#5 on The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

#4 on The Best University of Tennessee Football Players Ever

#84 on The Best Sports Personalities on ESPN

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