Paul Posluszny, a former Penn State star and 11-year National Football League veteran with the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars, announced his retirement Tuesday in a letter published on the Jaguars' website.
Posluszny's 973 tackles with the Jaguars trail only Daryl Smith (1,089) in the team record book.
In the NFL, Posluszny played in 145 career games - spending four seasons with the Bills before making his mark during a seven-year career with the Jaguars.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Paul Posluszny left the game the same way he played - with the utmost class.
"I would like to offer my deepest thanks to the Pennsylvania State University, and the entire Nittany Lion family", Posluszny wrote. "That would be a hard decision if Jacksonville says, 'Thanks, but no thanks.' I love the game so much, and I want to keep playing". The linebacker was scheduled to be a free agent when the new league year began on Wednesday.
He adds that he can "no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable".
"I cherished every moment of my National Football League career, and it has been such a blessing to play the game for as long as I have played", Posluszny wrote.
He did so with an elegant letter, planning to "spend the rest of eternity" trying to repay his wife for everything she has done for him and promising to do his best to step up the challenge of "dance class and dollhouses" with his two daughters. "Playing football for the legendary Coach Joe Paterno provided me with a priceless education and wonderful memories".
The Jaguars moved Posluszny to strongside linebacker last spring to pave the way for second-year player Myles Jack to start in the middle. Posluszny was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl and made the playoffs for the first time during the 2017 season. "I know he went through another phase in life having his daughters".