Like in any other sports league, NFL players come and go.
The game’s violent nature can end careers in an instant.
But those who built long careers call it quits when they feel like moving on from football.
Whether it’s time to spend more time with family or to chase other endeavors, they know that their playing days are behind them.
On that note, NFL insider Dov Kleiman mentioned the notable players who retired in the 2022 offseason.
Players retired this offseason:
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 7, 2022
The most notable among the group is two-time Super Bowl winner and six-time Pro Bowler Ben Roethlisberger who played his entire 18-season career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
His fellow quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, also called it quits after suiting up for nine teams in 17 seasons.
Eric Weddle came out of retirement to help the Los Angeles Rams win Super Bowl LVI.
He and Andrew Whitworth hanged their cleats up after getting the only accolade that has evaded them throughout their careers.
Emmanuel Sanders is the most recent player to retire after playing 12 seasons.
He retired as an honorary member of the Denver Broncos, the team wherein he was most successful.
Finally, Frank Gore retired with the third-most rushing yards in NFL history.
He also holds the league record for most games by a running back.
Other Retirees During The 2022 Offseason
Offensive lineman Ali Marpet retired after seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but not before winning Super Bowl LV.
Ryan Kerrigan also called it quits after 11 seasons and is the all-time leader in consecutive starts by a left outside linebacker.
All-Pro safety Malcolm Jenkins has won Super Bowls with the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles.