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Offensive guard Andy Levitre announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons with an Instagram post on Tuesday.

Citing an injury, he wrote, “my body won’t allow me to continue any longer.”

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It all started as a big kid growing up in the mountains of Santa Cruz.  I had a fire in my belly and a burning desire to be the best football player I could be.  I was never the the most talented athlete on the field so I made the conscious choice to outwork everyone else.  Coming from a high school that wasn’t highly recruited I spent many nights piecing together my own VHS tapes to send off in hopes of being recruited.  Some of my fondest memories are of my grandfather driving me around the country to meet with some different colleges.  Although I may not have been able to reach all of my goals as an athlete, I can end this chapter of my life knowing I gave the game of football everything I had.  I have memories that will last me a life time.  I met my wife while I was playing in Buffalo.  I fell in love with the city of Nashville while playing for the Titans.  I also had to rush out after my first playoff game with the Falcons to attend the birth of my first child. Unfortunately, due to injury my body won’t allow me to continue any longer. Thank you to my wife and children, my family, friends, coaches, teammates and all of the fans who have supported me on this journey. I am looking forward to shifting my time & energy to focus more on family, friends, restoring my health & pursuing other passions of mine.  I hope you all have enjoyed my career as much as I have.

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Levitre finished his 2018 season on injured reserve as a member of the Atlanta Falcons after suffering a triceps injury. During his decade-long career, he was among the league’s most consistent guards and started 143 games.

Originally a second-round pick out of Oregon State back in 2009, he began his career with the the Buffalo Bills. After playing in Buffalo for four seasons, he signed a big free-agency deal with Tennessee in 2013. Two seasons later he was traded to Atlanta, where he helped the Falcons reach Super Bowl LI while famously playing in a playoff game while his wife went into labor with one of their children.

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