Raiders veteran DE Justin Tuck announced via his Facebook page Monday that he’s retiring from the NFL.
“After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I’ve had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets. I’m thankful to my family and close friends for their unwavering support. My beautiful wife and kids have dedicated their lives to being my closest support system and I’m eternally grateful. I want to thank the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders for giving me a place I could call home all of these years. The Mara, Tisch, and Davis families, I’m forever in your debt. To my coaches: thanks for having me ready at every stage – the Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, you name it – thank you for teaching me about professionalism, preparation, and the pursuit of perfection. To my teammates: thank you for always going to battle with me each and every gameday, but more importantly, thanks for being my brothers for life. And lastly, the FANS. What an incredible environment you’ve created for me over the years to call a workplace. You all have been so supportive of me and my family, and without you I would have no game to play. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This isn’t a good-bye, my family and I will continue our charitable work with Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy and we look forward to continuing to give back to communities that have given so much to us. God Bless.“
Tuck, 32, is a former third-round pick of the Giants back in 2005. After nine years in New York, he departed as a free agent signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Raiders.
He played out his contract and was set to test the open market in the coming months.
In 2015, Tuck was limited to appearing in five games due to a torn pectoral injury that led to him being placed on season-ending injured reserve. In total, Tuck recorded 14 tackles, one sack, and three pass defenses for the Raiders.
Over the course his 11 years in the NFL, Tuck registered 353 tackles, 66.5 sacks, 20 forced fumbles, six recoveries, three interceptions, and 32 pass defenses. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and a first-team All-Pro in 2008.