Former Minnesota Viking Jared Allen Announces Retirement from NFL

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen officially announced his retirement from the NFL Thursday by “riding off into the sunset.”

The Carolina Panthers defensive end made his announcement on Twitter in a unique way, from atop a horse. 

Allen, who often refers to himself as a cowboy after being raised on a ranch, thanked everyone in the short video saying, “I was going to ride off into the sunset, but seeing there is no sunset I’m just going to ride off.” 

He then turned the horse and galloped away into the dark night with snow on the ground. 

A four-time All-Pro, Allen played 12 seasons in the NFL and finished with 136 career sacks.  He led the league in sacks in 2007 and 2011. 

Allen started his football career in 2004 after being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.  He was traded to the Vikings in 2008, playing six years with them before going to the Chicago Bears.  In 2015, Allen was traded to the Carolina Panthers.  

A more formal statement was released by Allen on his retirement saying the following:

“I want to take this time to thank my family, friends, fans and teammates who have given their continued support throughout my 12 year career. It’s been a great ride for me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the memories. It is with a great deal of thought and consideration that I have decided that I will not return to football next year. I want to thank the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and the Kansas City Chiefs organizations, who proved me with an opportunity to live out my dream and to be a part of their wonderful communities. Thanks for the life long memories.” 

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