With future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson on his way out, the Oakland Raiders defense is about to lose another player due to retirement.
Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck announced Monday that he will retire from the National Football League.
Tuck retires after 11 seasons in the league, including two with Oakland after playing the first nine seasons with the New York Giants. He played in 147 games (107 starts), totalling 499 tackles, 66.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 32 passes defensed. He also appeared in 10 postseason games and posted 32 tackles, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.
The former third-round pick (74th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft is a two-time Pro Bowler (2008 & 2010) and won two Super Bowls with the Giants, recording a total of four sacks (2nd in Super Bowl history).
The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder signed with the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. He played in 15 games for Oakland in 2014 and led the team with five sacks. In 2015, he started the first five games before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 5 that landed him on the Reserve/Injured List.
Off the field, Tuck has created a lasting impact in the community. The Raiders’ nominee in 2015 for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Tuck’s extensive philanthropic work has been recognized and honored by numerous charitable organizations, both national and international. In 2008, he and his wife, Lauran, established Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a program focused on providing access to books, combating summer learning loss, and closing the educational opportunity gap that exists for low-income Americans. The program has given more than 65,000 books to over 11,000 students across the country.
“Justin Tuck has been an invaluable part of the Raiders organization since the day he arrived here,” General Manager Reggie McKenzie said. “Everyone in the building appreciates all that he has done both on and off the field. His leadership in the locker room and mentorship of young players like Khalil Mack is immeasurable. The Raiders wish him and his family the absolute best.”
“Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field,” Head Coach Jack Del Rio said. “His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best.”