WASHINGTON: Jared Allen, ninth on the NFL’s all-time quarterback sacks list, announced his retirement on Thursday (Friday in Manila) by literally riding off on horseback in a video posted on Twitter.
The 33-year-old defensive end, who played in a losing cause for the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl earlier this month, wore a cowboy hat and western-style coat in his farewell message.
“Well, everyone, I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career,” Allen said. “This is the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset. But seeing as how there is no sunset, I’m just going to ride off.”
Allen also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. He has 136 sacks and 643 tackles over 187 career games.
“It has been a great ride for me and I couldn’t be more grateful for the memories,” Allen said.