WATCH: Former Chicago Bear Jared Allen announces retirement in unique way
CHICAGO – There are lots of reasons to think his career will be memorable.
After all his 136 sacks currently put him in the Top 10 All-Time in NFL history. The two-time league sack champion also appeared in five Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro in four seasons.
But the way Jared Allen retired on Thursday may leave as much of a legacy as those gaudy statistics did during his time with the Chiefs, Vikings, Bears and Panthers.
This is how the defensive end and linebacker, who played for the Bears in 2014 and parts of 2015, decided to say goodbye to the game of football after 12 seasons on Twitter.
Allen’s unique “Riding of into the Sunset” Twitter video was the main way he announced that he was leaving pro football but he did release a statement through his agent to NFL.com soon after his post on social media.
“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,” said Allen in a statement to NFL.com from his agent Ken Harris. “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.”
Allen spent just a season and three games in Chicago, coming up with 5.5 sack and two forced fumbles in 18 games with the franchise. Allen was traded after the Bears’ third game of the season to the Panthers for a sixth round pick in this year’s NFL Draft.