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Jared Allen signs one-day contract to retire as Minnesota Viking (vid)

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Jared Allen hilariously announced his NFL retirement in February by literally riding off into the sunset. Kind of.

But fittingly, the longtime NFL sackmaster has signed a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings so he can retire with the team where he enjoyed the most success as a professional football player.

“We are incredibly proud to have Jared retire as a member of the Vikings franchise,” said Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf in a release from the team. “Jared was not only a phenomenal player on the field, but he was also a favorite among the fans and within the organization. He will always be a member of the Minnesota Vikings family.”

Allen finished his career with 136 sacks, which ranks him ninth all-time and his 83.5 sacks with the Vikings ranks him third on the franchise’s all-time sack list.

After spending the first part of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Allen next spent six seasons with the Vikings — and was named one of the “50 Greatest Vikings” ever by the franchise — before signing with Chicago Bears. He then played one season with the Carolina Panthers, which gave Allen the chance to play in only Super Bowl of his remarkable career.