Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen has announced his retirement from the NFL in a spectacular social media video.
Riding off into the sunset pic.twitter.com/wZXovseGKS
— Jared Allen (@JaredAllen69) February 18, 2016
A 12-year veteran, the 33-year-old Allen spent his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, and Chicago Bears as well as Carolina. A former fourth-round pick out of Idaho State, Allen went on to make five Pro Bowls and led the NFL in sacks twice, posting an eye-popping 22 in 2011.
Allen thus retires as a likely Hall of Famer, with 641 tackles, 136 sacks, 31 forced fumbles and even six interceptions to go with a defensive touchdown. He was one of the most feared pass-rushers of his time and one of the hardest hitters, looking extra intimidating with his long hair flowing out the back of his helmet. His hard-hitting nature led to him having a cameo in the film Jackass 3D.
Needless to say, an icon is leaving the game, and he shall be missed.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports