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Paul Posluszny Retires After 11 NFL Seasons

by on March 13, 2018 3:02 PM

Two-time Penn State football All-American Paul Posluszny retired from the NFL on Tuesday morning after 11 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.

He announced his retirement via a heartfelt letter released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The linebacker spent seven seasons in Jacksonville, making his first and only postseason appearance in his final NFL season. He played in 145 games in his NFL career, making more than 1,200 tackles, recording 16 sacks, and intercepting 15 passes.

“Today is a sad day for me,” Posluszny said in his letter. “With much sadness but no regrets, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands. I love the game of football so much, and I know there is only one acceptable way to play.”

One of the many greats to make up “Linebacker U,” Posluszny was a rock in the heart of Penn State’s defense during his four seasons as a Nittany Lion.

He played in 40 games from 2003 to 2006, winning a Big Ten championship as a junior in 2005. He won the Chuck Bednarik Award — given to the nation’s best defensive player — twice, becoming one of just a handful of players to do so in college football history. He was the first player to record three 100-tackle seasons in Penn State history and finished his college career with a then-record 372 tackles.

"I would like to offer my deepest thanks to the Pennsylvania State University and the entire Nittany Lion family," Posluszny wrote. "Playing football for the legendary Coach Joe Paterno provided me with a priceless education and wonderful memories.

"I formed lasting friendships with my college roommates; played with outstanding men like Sean Lee, Dan Connor, Tim Shaw and Michael Robinson; practiced the game of football with elite coaches like Tom Bradley and Ron Vanderlinden; and most importantly learned that just being a football player was never going to be good enough. Living a life of 'Success with Honor,' being a great son, brother, husband, father, as well as serving your community and helping others, was always far more important than tackling running backs."



Posluszny was drafted in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills and joined the Jaguars in 2011. He is Jacksonville's second all-time leading tackler with 815 and holds the franchise record for interceptions by a linebacker with 11.

Mikey Mandarino is a staff writer for Onward State.
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