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Pass rusher Whitney Mercilus retires after 10 seasons

Aug 21, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) and linebacker Jake Martin (54) celebrate a turnover in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Longtime Houston Texans pass rusher Whitney Mercilus announced his retirement Wednesday after 10 seasons and 58 sacks.

Mercilus, 31, played all but four of his 138 career games (102 starts) for the Texans from 2012-21. The Texans released Mercilus last Oct. 19 and he was signed by the Green Bay Packers two days later.

He played in four games for the Packers before finishing the regular season on injured reserve with a left biceps tear. He returned to play 12 snaps for the Packers in their loss to San Francisco in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs.

Mercilus made the announcement on social media.

“It’s time to hang it up,” Mercilus wrote. “Merci out.”

He plans on becoming a grill master for his family.

Mercilus was selected No. 26 overall by the Texans in the 2012 draft. He finishes with 362 career tackles – including 73 for loss – to go with 13 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries. He earned second team All-Pro in 2016, one season after recording a career-high 12 sacks.

He also was a unanimous college All-American for Illinois in 2011.

–Field Level Media