Former Penn State star, longtime NFL standout Paul Posluszny announces his retirement
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny warms up for the AFC Divisional Round Playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Barry Reeger | Special to PennLive
In a letter posted to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ official website, former Penn State star and 11-year NFL veteran Paul Posluszny announced his retirement.
Posluszny was drafted by Buffalo in 2007 after earning All-American honors and the Chuck Bednarik award in 2005 and 2006, along with the Dick Butkus award in 2005, with the Lions. He played four seasons for the Bills before playing seven years in Jacksonville.
A Pro Bowl pick in 2013, he was the Jaguars’ defensive captain for five of his seven seasons, and he made at least 100 tackles in eight of is 11 pro years.
“With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands,” Posluszny wrote in his letter.
“I say this with a heavy heart: I am retiring from the NFL. I love the game of football so much, and I know there is truly only one acceptable way to play. Knowing I can no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable, I have chosen to end my football career.
“This decision is mine alone, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, it is the right and honorable action to take at this time in my life. I cherished every moment of my NFL career, and it has been such a blessing to play the game for as long as I have played. I anxiously look forward to next football season to arrive, but this time with the sole focus of being a great husband and father for my loving family.”
Writing about his time at Penn State, Posluszny said:
I would like to offer my deepest thanks to the Pennsylvania State University, and the entire Nittany Lion family. Playing football for the legendary Coach Joe Paterno provided me with a priceless education and wonderful memories. … and most importantly, learned that just being a football player was never going to be good enough. Living a life of “Success With Honor,” being a great son, brother, husband, father, as well as serving your community and helping others, was always far more important than tackling running backs.”
Posluszny did not reveal what comes next, but he could move into the coaching ranks or perhaps the media world. His degree comes in finance, so exploring that world could be an option, too.