Jared Allen announces retirement as only Jared Allen could (vid)
After a brilliant 12-year career that arguably merits Hall of Fame consideration, Carolina Panthers defensive end — and cowboy at heart — Jared Allen announced his retirement on Twitter in a way that was so distinctly “Jared Allen” one cannot imagine him doing it any other way.
By riding off into the sunset on a horse … although Mother Nature wasn’t all that cooperative and the sunset was more figurative than literal.
The longtime sackmaster even acknowledged as much in his farewell speech.
“Hi everyone, I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career,” he said. “This is the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset, but seeing as how there’s no sunset, I’m just gonna ride off.”
Riding off into the sunset pic.twitter.com/wZXovseGKS
— Jared Allen (@JaredAllen69) February 18, 2016
Now that’s how a guy like Jared Allen announces a retirement, a sentiment shared by his former teammate, Chad Greenway.
@JaredAllen69 This is exactly what I expected from you. Great jacket
— Chad Greenway (@chadgreenway52) February 18, 2016
A statement issued by his agent, Ken Harris, went into greater detail concerning Allen’s retirement.
“I want to take this time to thank my family, friends fans, and teammates who have given their continued support throughout my 12 year career,” he said, via NFL.com. “It’s been a great ride for me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the memories. It is with a great deal of thought and consideration, that I have decided that I will not return to football next year. I want to thank the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs organizations, who provided me with an opportunity to live out my dream and to be a part of their wonderful communities. Thanks for the life long memories.”
One of the fiercest pass rushers of his era, Allen finished his career with 136 sacks, which ranks him ninth all-time.
Vaya con Dios, Jared Allen.