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The Best NFL Players Who Retired In 2019

Updated January 9, 2020 14.7k votes 1.2k voters 28.4k views34 items

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UPDATE: Check out the top NFL players to retire in 2020!

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.

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  • 2010 Super Bowl champion
    2014 Pro Bowl selection
    2014 second-team All-Pro
    2016 NFL Comeback Player of the Year

    • Position: Wide receiver
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, Kansas
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  • 2013 Super Bowl champion
    2x Pro Bowl selection (2016-2017)

    • Position: Wide receiver
    • Birthplace: Gulf Breeze, Florida
    534
    169
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  • Photo: Barry.Lenard / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    4x Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2012-2014)
    2x first-team All-Pro (2010, 2013)
    2012 second-team All-Pro

    • Position: Running back
    • Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas
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    119
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  • 3x Pro Bowl selection (2012-2013, 2015)
    4x first-team All-Pro (2011-2013, 2015)

    • Position: Linebacker
    • Birthplace: District Heights, Maryland
    402
    126
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