A former New England Patriots linebacker retires
The New England Patriots are watching pillars of their previous decade’s dynasty retire this offseason. Patriots safety Devin McCourty announced his intention to retire a couple of weeks ago. The All-Pro defender and three-time Super Bowl winner will retire in the same offseason as another Patriots teammate.
According to a statement on Dont’a Hightower’s Twitter account, the All-Pro Linebacker will retire this offseason:
“It’s been a hell of a ride & a career beyond my wildest dreams. It’s time to hang em up, from the bottom of my heart – thank you to everyone who played a part.”
It’s been a hell of a ride & a career beyond my wildest dreams. It’s time to hang em up, from the bottom of my heart – thank you to everyone who played a part. @playerstribune #boomtower https://t.co/Bb2hA9BL9A
— Dont'a Hightower (@zeus30hightower) March 21, 2023
Hightower was with teammate McCourty when they won three Super Bowls. Hightower’s contract with the Patriots expired last offseason, and he did not play in the 2022 regular season. The former 2012 first-round pick played 117 games in his NFL career. Hightower recorded 424 total tackles, 34 sacks, and 245 stops in his nine-year NFL playing career.
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