Tuck spent 11 years in the league, the first nine of which were with the New York Giants. The 32-year-old went to two Pro Bowls (2008, 2010) and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2008.
In a post on Facebook, Tuck thanked those who helped him during his time in the NFL:
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr posted his thanks to Tuck on Instagram:
Tuck played in just five games in 2015 before tearing his pectoral and being ruled out for the remainder of the year. In an interview with Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo, he admitted the injury played at least a small role in his final decision.
"Physically, I feel like I can play with the best of them," he said. "It's hilarious I got hurt on the most fluky play ever, but it's part of it and maybe that was God trying to tell me something. I'm looking forward to being able to do something else."
Tuck finishes his career having played in 147 regular-season games, with 353 tackles and 66.5 sacks. He also recorded 5.5 sacks and 11 tackles in his 10 playoff appearances.
Another former Giants defensive end heaped a wealth of praise on Tuck for his work in New York's Super Bowl XLII win, per Garafolo:
Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo
"The MVP of Super Bowl XLII was Justin Tuck. Not to take anything away from Eli but what Tuck did was absolutely amazing." --@michaelstrahan2/1/2016, 9:03:57 PM
ESPN Stats & Info also broke down Tuck's contribution to the Giants' championships:
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Justin Tuck: 4.0 sacks in two career Super Bowl appearances, 2nd-most since the stat became official in 1982 (Charles Haley - 4.5 in 5 SBs)2/1/2016, 9:31:26 PM
Jason Pierre-Paul, Tuck's former teammate, took the time to wish Tuck the best in retirement:
Jason Pierre-Paul @UDWJPP
Learn a lot from this guy right here @justintuck thanks bro and happy retirement. #90powerCircle https://t.co/Td0d2GpTWA2/1/2016, 10:04:28 PM
The Raiders are now down two of their most experienced defenders from this year's team. Safety Charles Woodson announced last month he planned on retiring in the offseason. Woodson and Tuck played a combined 29 years in the NFL.
The timing of Tuck's announcement at least gives Oakland plenty of time to figure how it will replace him on the defensive line. Those plans will likely involve Mario Edwards Jr., who started 10 games in 2015 while filling in for Tuck. The 2015 second-round pick had an encouraging rookie season, picking up 2.5 sacks, and he should only improve in his second year.
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