One of the best offensive lineman in Michigan history is hanging up his cleats.
Jake Long, a former Wolverines star and No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft, announced his retirement Monday afternoon. In a lengthy message on Twitter, Long thanked multiple people and said “mentally and physically I have given this game everything I possibly could. I love playing it and will definitely miss it.”
Long ended his message by thanking Lloyd Carr, his coach at Michigan.
“The way you coached and the lessons you taught your players are what prepared me for the NFL and beyond,” the offensive tackle wrote. “I love you coach, thank you.”
— Jake Long (@JakeLong77) April 24, 2017
Long was a two-time consensus All-American with the Wolverines and was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2006 and 2007. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection during his nine-year NFL career.
Long, who will turn 32 on May 9, had injuries slow down his career in recent seasons. He played just 11 snaps during the 2015 season with Atlanta, and he tore his Achillies tendon during Week 10 of the 2016 season with Minnesota. He also had torn ACLs twice during his career.