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


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.