Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek has decided to hang it up after 11 NFL seasons, the team announced Friday.
“It has been an amazing journey — a journey that is now coming to an end,” Celek wrote on the team’s website, according to ESPN. “It’s a big decision, but it’s not a tough one: Though I know I’m still capable of playing football at a high level, and though I had offers to continue my NFL career, my heart told me that this was the time.”
Celek, 33, spent his entire career with the Eagles, incredibly missing just one game in that span. And that was due to his not being able to pass concussion protocol on a short week in 2012. Team chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said Celek “embodied” what it means to be an Eagle.
“Brent Celek embodies everything it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle,” said Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie via statement. “He will obviously be remembered as one of the most accomplished tight ends in Eagles history, but his impact on our franchise goes far beyond the statistics he compiled over the course of his career. Brent was one of the toughest, smartest, and most selfless players who has ever stepped on the field for us.”
Celek was released by Philadelpia in the spring and did attract some interest but nothing to keep him from retiring. A fifth-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2007, Celek finishes his career with 398 catches for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns.