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Jared Allen ‘riding off into the sunset’

Jared Allen appears to announce his retirement via Twitter.

Former Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen is apparently calling it a career.

The sack master of 12 NFL seasons thanked everyone for his time in the NFL.

“I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career,” Allen said while sitting on a horse in a video posted on his Twitter account. “This is the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset, but seeing as how there is no sunset, I’m just going to ride off.”

Allen finished his career with 136 sacks, including 95½ in his six seasons with the Vikings (2008-2013). He started his career with the Kansas City Chiefs after garnering their attention as a long snapper and spent four seasons there developing his pass-rushing moves before tension with then-general manager Carl Peterson set in motion a trade to the Vikings in 2008. Allen had 30 sacks in his first four seasons with the Chiefs.

When Mike Zimmer arrived as head coach in Minnesota in 2014, the Vikings decided to move on from Allen and he signed with the Chicago Bears, where he played 18 games over two seasons before he was traded to the Carolina Panthers last season. He spent the remaining 12 games of the regular season with the Panthers, who made it to the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos earlier this month.

If that was his retirement announcement, he finishes tied with Julius Peppers for all-time sacks in the NFL with 136. 


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