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The Best NFL Players Who Retired In 2019

List RulesVote up the best NFL players who retired In 2019

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.

  • 1
    839 VOTES

    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
    Was he a great player?
  • 2
    821 VOTES

    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
    Was he a great player?
  • 3
    883 VOTES

    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
    Was he a great player?
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    792 VOTES

    4x Pro Bowl selection (2012-2014, 2018)
    2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year

    • Position: Quarterback
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
    Was he a great player?