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NFL veteran guard Stefen Wisniewski retires, to become pastor

Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski (61) reacts after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Eagles won 41-33. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski (61) reacts after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Eagles won 41-33. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Two-time Super Bowl champion guard Stefen Wisniewski announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons on Thursday.

The 32-year-old veteran of 139 NFL games announced in a video posted to Twitter that he plans to pursue a career in the ministry.

“I absolutely loved playing the game of football but after 10 years, my body, my mind and my heart are telling me it’s time to move on,” Wisniewski said, in part. “What am I going to do next? I’m going to be a pastor. The absolute best part of my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ and I can’t imagine a better full-time job than teaching people the Bible and sharing the love of Christ with others.”

Wisniewski won Super Bowl LII with the Philadelphia Eagles and Super Bowl LIV with the Kansas City Chiefs. His final game was the Chiefs’ 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV in February.

A second-round pick by Oakland in 2011 out of Penn State, Wisniewski made 106 starts with the Raiders (2011-14), Jacksonville Jaguars (2015), Eagles (2016-18), Chiefs (2019-20) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2020).

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–Field Level Media