A reader pointed out earlier today that veteran center Jeremy Newberry said via Facebook, that he's retiring from football.
We've confirmed that, indeed, Newberry is done.
Per a league source, Newberry has been having trouble with a knee on which micro fracture surgery was performed roughly five years ago.
"As he was getting ready for camp, his knee just got worse and worse," the source said.
The Falcons cut Alex Stepanovich not long after signing Newberry, so there's a chance that, unlike another former Falcons who was cut earlier this year, Stepanovich might be coming back to Atlanta.
After reading this I decided that I would like to take a look back at his career threw the years.
Newverry entered the NFL as a second round pick by San Francisco in 1998. He earned Pro Bowl bids at center in '01 and '02.
After starting 10 games in '05, Newberry spent the '06 season on the injured reserve list.
The versatile performer started at tackle, guard and center during his NFL career.
His 49er linemates voted Newberry the team's top offensive lineman in '05, the third time in his career that he received that honor.
In '04, Newberry played in the season opener and helped the 49ers
produce over 300 yards in total offense. He missed action during the season due to injury.
Newberry was voted the team's top offensive lineman in '03 for the second time after starting all 16 league games for the 49ers, anchoring a line that helped the 49ers offense finish third in the NFC in rushing and total offense.
He started all 16 league games and two postseason contests for the 49ers in '02 en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.
In '01, Newberry was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career after leading a 49ers offense that ranked second in the NFL in rushing.
Newberry's linemates voted him the team's top offensive lineman for the first of three times in 2000 after he set the pace for a line that helped generate over 6,000 yards in total offense.
On March 6, 2007, Newberry was signed by the Oakland Raiders. He was only signed for one year. He played mostly center for Oakland, but there were times he was moved around.
He started all 14 games that season before becoming a free agent the following off-season.
On June 2, 2008, Newberry signed with the San Diego Chargers. He was signed to a one-year contract to add depth to their line.
He started three games for the Chargers. Injuries were getting to him and he was used mostly as a back-up; he also helped teach some of the younger lineman.
Newberry signed with the Atlanta Falcons on June 15, 2009. On July 21, 2009 multiple reports on the Internet said that Newberry announced his retirement.
The Falcons have not confirmed these yet, but he put on his Facebook page and website that he is retiring.
The Falcons cut their center from last year and they will reportedly look to bring him back.
Newberry will be sorely missed by his fans. He was a great lineman who helped anchor a great line back when Jeff Garcia and T.O. were still around SF.