Of all the NFL players who retired in 2019, many of them have left a legacy that live on. The average career length for NFL players is 3.3 years, according to the NFL Players Association. Many of the players on this list played much longer than the average. In this time, they have played through countless injuries and made an impact on the game. Look to this list regularly to see the best NFL players who retired in 2019, either because it was their time or because injuries cut a promising career short.
Players like tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Marshawn Lynch achieved the ultimate prize, as Super Bowl champions, while others like kicker Sebastian Janikowski and wide receiver Jordy Nelson had tremendous careers during which they put up huge stats and made a major name for themselves. Some retirements had been a long time coming, Derrick Johnson, and others shocked the world such as Andrew Luck's sudden retirement.
Such short careers ensure prominent players in the NFL players retire every year. Look to this list for a running record of football players retiring in 2019. Almost all of the 32 NFL teams say their goodbyes to a veteran or two each year. Vote up the recently retired NFL players that had the most impact on the game during their careers.
9x Pro Bowl selection (2004-2006, 2009-2012, 2015)
3x first-team All-Pro (2004, 2006, 2010)
3x second-team All-Pro (2008-2009, 2012)
2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
Position: Defensive end
Birthplace: Wilson, North Carolina
3x Super Bowl champion (2014, 2016, 2018)
5x Pro Bowl selection (2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2017)
4x first-team All-Pro (2011, 2014-2015, 2017)
2014 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
Position: Tight end
Birthplace: Amherst, New York
2013 Super Bowl Champion
5x Pro Bowl selection (2008, 2011-2014)
2012 first-team All-Pro
2014 second-team All-Pro
Position: Running back
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
4x Pro Bowl selection (2012-2014, 2018)
2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.