Apr 9, 2016 9:33 PM by Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson has made his retirement from football official in an open, heartfelt letter to fans.
The 32-year-old Ferguson walks away from the game after 10 seasons in which he never missed a snap due to injury after being the No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft. He writes in the letter posted Saturday on Facebook and Twitter that "it just isn't easy saying goodbye," but he is going out on his own terms.
While he was critical of the NFL in December after watching the movie "Concussion," Ferguson didn't mention health concerns. He writes that his "ability to compete with the best" played a role in his decision and added that he wants to "pursue other goals in life."
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