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This is a list of individuals who formerly played professional American football in the NFL, AFL, AAFC and other major leagues. See also one of the other lists of American football players for more names.

2016

Date Name Team(s) played (years) Age Notes Ref.
January 3 Charles Woodson (Cornerback/Free Safety) Oakland Raiders (1998–2005, 2013-2015)
Green Bay Packers (2006-2012)
39 [1]
January 15 Reggie Wayne (Wide Receiver) Carolina Panthers (1998, 2008) 37 [2]
February 1 Justin Tuck (Defensive End) New York Giants (2005–2014)
Oakland Raiders (2014-2015)
32 [3]
February 7 Micheal Irvin Dallas Cowboys (2007–2010)
Oakland Raiders (2010-2015)
29 [4]
February 10 Jon Beason (Middle Linebacker) Carolina Panthers (2007–2013)
New York Giants (2013-2015)
31 Torn pectoral sidelined him for all of the 2015 NFL season. [5]
February 16 Rashean Mathis (Cornerback) Jacksonville Jaguars (2003–2012)
Detroit Lions (2013-2015)
35

[6]

February 16 Jerod Mayo (Linebacker) New England Patriots (2008-2015) 29

[7]

February 18 Jared Allen (Defensive End) Kansas City Chiefs (2004–2007)
Minnesota Vikings (2008–2013)
Chicago Bears (2014–2015)
Carolina Panthers (2015)
33 [8]
February 19 Heath Miller (Tight End) Pittsburgh Steelers (2005-2015) 33 [9]
March 7 Peyton Manning (Quarterback) Indianapolis Colts (1998–2011)
Denver Broncos (2012-2015)
39 [10][11]
March 7 Logan Mankins (Guard) New England Patriots (2005–2013)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-2015)
33 [12]
March 8 Calvin Johnson (Wide Receiver) Detroit Lions (2007-2015) 30 [13]
March 9 Matt Hasselbeck (Quarterback) Green Bay Packers (1998–2000)
Seattle Seahawks (2001–2010)
Tennessee Titans (2011–2012)
Indianapolis Colts (2013-2015)
40 Will join ESPN as an analyst. [14]
March 18 Tray Walker (Cornerback) Baltimore Ravens (2015) 23 Died in a dirt bike accident which took place on March 17 [15]
March 28 Husain Abdullah (Free Safety) Minnesota Vikings (2008–2011)
Kansas City Chiefs (2013-2015)
30 Retired due to concerns of concussions [16]
April 5 Tyler Polumbus (Offensive tackle) Denver Broncos (2008-2010, 2015)
Detroit Lions (2010)
Seattle Seahawks (2010–2011)
Washington Redskins (2011–2014)
Atlanta Falcons (2015)
30 [17]
April 6 A.J. Tarpley (Linebacker) Buffalo Bills (2015) 23 Retired due to concussions [18]
April 8 D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Offensive Tackle) New York Jets (2006-2015) 32 [19]
April 9 Will Smith (Defensive End) New Orleans Saints (2004–2013)
New England Patriots (2014)
34 Was shot and killed after a vehicle accident. [20]

2015

Date Name Team(s) played (years) Age Notes Ref.
December 29 Kyle Orton (Quarterback) Chicago Bears (2005-2008)
Denver Broncos (2009-2011)
Kansas City Chiefs (2011)
Dallas Cowboys (2012-2013)
Buffalo Bills (2014)
32 [21]
January 15 Greg Jones (Fullback) Jacksonville Jaguars (2004–2012, 2015)
Houston Texans (2013)
New Orleans Saints (2014)
33 Signed a 1-day contract with JAX to retire [22]
February 2 Nick Hardwick (Center) San Diego Chargers (2004–2014) 33 [23]
February 9 Lofa Tatupu (Linebacker) Seattle Seahawks (2005–2010)
Atlanta Falcons (2012)
32 Hired as an assistant linebacker coach for SEA [24]
February 12 Terrell Thomas (Cornerback) New York Giants (2008–2013)
Seattle Seahawks (2014)
33 [25]
February 18 Ryan Clark (Free Safety) New York Giants (2002–2003)
Washington Redskins (2004–2005, 2014)
Pittsburgh Steelers (2006–2013)
35 [26]
February 24 Jarret Johnson (Linebacker) Baltimore Ravens (2003–2011)
San Diego Chargers (2012–2014)
33 [25]
February 26 Michael Roos (Offensive tackle) Tennessee Titans (2005–2014) 32 [23]
March 5 Maurice Jones-Drew (Running back) Jacksonville Jaguars (2006–2013)
Oakland Raiders (2014)
29 Signed a 1-day contract with JAX on April 28 [27]
March 10 Jake Locker (Quarterback) Tennessee Titans (2011–2014) 26 [28]
March 10 Patrick Willis (Linebacker) San Francisco 49ers (2007–2014) 30 [29]
March 11 Jason Worilds (Outside Linebacker) Pittsburgh Steelers (2010–2014) 27 [30]
March 11 Cortland Finnegan (Cornerback) Tennessee Titans (2006–2011)
St. Louis Rams (2012-2013)
Miami Dolphins (2014)
31 Made a comeback later in the season with CAR. [31]
March 16 Chris Borland (Linebacker) San Francisco 49ers (2014) 24 Retired due to using his head. [32]
April 2 Stephen Schilling (Center) San Diego Chargers (2011-2013)
Seattle Seahawks (2014)
26 [33]
April 4 Bradie Ewing (Fullback) Atlanta Falcons (2012-2013)
Jacksonville Jaguars (2014)
25 Retired due to injuries [34]
April 9 Troy Polamalu (Strong Safety) Pittsburgh Steelers (2003-2014) 33 [35]
April 13 Aaron Morgan (Outside Linebacker) Jacksonville Jaguars (2010-2012)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012)
Indianapolis Colts (2014)
26 Colts placed him on reserved-retired list. [36]
April 13 Wade Smith (Offensive Lineman) Miami Dolphins (2003-2005)
New York Jets (2006-2007)
Kansas City Chiefs (2008-2009)
Houston Texans (2010-2013)
Seattle Seahawks (2014)
Philadelphia Eagles (2014)
33 [37]
April 14 Ike Taylor (Cornerback) Pittsburgh Steelers (2003-2014) 34 [38]
April 15 Daryn Colledge (Guard) Green Bay Packers (2006-2010)
Arizona Cardinals (2011-2013)
Miami Dolphins (2014)
33 [39]
April 20 Adrian Wilson (Strong Safety) Arizona Cardinals (2001-2012, 2015)
New England Patriots (2013)
Chicago Bears (2014)
35 Signed a 1-day contract with ARI [40]
May 5 John Carlson (Tight End) Seattle Seahawks (2008-2011)
Minnesota Vikings (2012-2013)
Arizona Cardinals (2014)
30 [41]
May 7 Ed Reed (Safety) Baltimore Ravens (2002-2012)
Houston Texans (2013)
New York Jets (2013)
36 [42]
May 7 Kamerion Wimbley (Outside Linebacker) Cleveland Browns (2006-2009)
Oakland Raiders (2010-2011)
Tennessee Titans (2012-2014)
31 [43]
May 8 Corey Hilliard (Offensive Tackle) New England Patriots (2007)
Indianapolis Colts (2007-2008)
Cleveland Browns (2009)
Detroit Lions (2009-2014)
New York Jets (2015)
30 [44]
May 8 Josh Brent (Defensive Tackle) Dallas Cowboys (2010-2015) 27 Previously retired on July 18, 2013 [45]
May 18 Justin Smith (Defensive Tackle) Cincinnati Bengals (2001-2007)
San Francisco 49ers (2009-2014)
35 [46]
June 5 Justin Blalock (Guard) Atlanta Falcons (2007-2014) 31 [47]
June 15 Anthony Davis (Offensive Tackle) San Francisco 49ers (2010-2014) 25 [48]
July 14 Danieal Manning (Strong Safety/Return Specialist) Chicago Bears (2006-2010)
Houston Texans (2011-2013, 2014)
Cincinnati Bengals (2014)
32 [49]
July 16 Dan Connolly (Guard/Center) Jacksonville Jaguars (2005-2006)
New England Patriots (2007-2015)
32 [50]
July 24 C.J. Wilson (Cornerback) Chicago Bears (2013)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-2015)
25 Retired due to firework accidents. [50]
July 27 Jonathan Martin (Offensive Tackle) Miami Dolphins (2012-2013)
San Francisco 49ers (2014)
Carolina Panthers (2015)
25 Retired due to a back injury [51]
July 29 Chad Hamilton (Guard/Center) Chicago Bears (2015) 23 Undrafted in 2015. Signed during training camp. [52]
July 30 Keith Rivers (Linebacker) Cincinnati Bengals (2008-2011)
New York Giants (2012-2013)
Buffalo Bills (2014)
Dallas Cowboys (2015)
29 [53]
August 4 Chris Houston (Cornerback) Atlanta Falcons (2007-2009)
Detroit Lions (2010-2013)
Carolina Panthers (2015)
30 [54]
August 24 Rob Sims (Guard) Seattle Seahawks (2006-2009)
Detroit Lions (2010-2014)
31 Retired due to leg injuries. [55]
August 25 Chris Myers (Center) Denver Broncos (2005-2007)
Houston Texans (2008-2014)
33 Joined SportsRadio 610 before he retired. [56]
August 26 Osi Umenyiora (Defensive End/Linebacker) New York Giants (2003-2012, 2015)
Atlanta Falcons (2013-2014)
33 Signed a 1-day contract with NYG. [57]
September 2 Lance Briggs (Linebacker) Chicago Bears (2003-2014) 34 Joined CSN to cover the Bears [58]
September 4 Ken-Yon Rambo (Wide Receiver) Oakland Raiders (2001)
Dallas Cowboys (2001-2003)
New York Jets (2003-2004)
36 Played in Canada from 2005-2012; signed a 1-day contract with Calgary Stampeders. [59]
October 19 Jermichael Finley (Tight End) Green Bay Packers (2008-2013) 28 Retired after sustaining a spinal injury in 2013 [60]
October 22 Brandon Lloyd (Wide Receiver) San Francisco 49ers (2003-2006, 2014)
Washington Redskins (2007-2008)
Denver Broncos (2009-2011)
St. Louis Rams (2011)
New England Patriots (2012)
34 [61]
December 6 Jonathan Vilma (Linebacker) New York Jets (2004-2007)
New Orleans Saints (2008-2013)
33 [62]
December 13 Adam Carriker (Defensive End) St. Louis Rams (2007-2009)
Washington Redskins (2010-2014)
31 Retired due to the leg injuries he sustained [63]


2014

2013

Date Name Team(s) played (years) Age Notes Ref.
December 31 Ryan Lilja (Center/Guard) Kansas City Chiefs (2004, 2010-2012)
Indianapolis Colts (2004-2009)
February 3 Ray Lewis (Middle Linebacker) Baltimore Ravens (1996-2012) 36
February 6 Donald Driver (Wide receiver) Green Bay Packers (1999-2012) 37
February 22 Matt Birk (Center) Minnesota Vikings (1998-2008)
Baltimore Ravens (2009-2012)
38
February 27 Chris Kelsay (Defensive End) Buffalo Bills (2003-2012) 37
March 5 Shawne Merriman (Linebacker) San Diego Chargers (2005-2010)
Buffalo Bills (2010-2012)
28
March 7 Jeff Saturday (Center) Baltimore Ravens (1998)
Indianapolis Colts (1999-2011, 2013)
Green Bay Packers (2012)
37 Signed a 1-day contract with Colts to retire; Was hired for IND's marketing and community relations department
March 11 Chris Gamble (Cornerback) Carolina Panthers (2004-2012) 30
March 12 Steve Hutchinson (Guard) Seattle Seahawks (2001-2005)
Minnesota Vikings (2006-2011)
Tennessee Titans (2012)
35 Had right knee surgery prior to retiring
March 14 Jeff Backus (Offensive tackle) Detroit Lions (2001-2012) 34
March 25 Todd McClure (Center) Atlanta Falcons (1999-2012) 36
April 4 Jason Hanson (Placekicker) Detroit Lions (1992-2012) 42 Oldest active NFL player prior to retirement
April 22 Scott Fujita (Linebacker) Kansas City Chiefs (2002-2004)
Dallas Cowboys (2005)
New Orleans Saints (2006-2009, 2013)
Cleveland Browns (2010-2012)
33 Signed a 1-day contract with Saints to retire
May 1 Al Harris (Cornerback) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1997)
Philadelphia Eagles (1998-2002)
Green Bay Packers (2003-2010)
Miami Dolphins (2010)
St. Louis Rams (2011)
33 Signed a 1-day contract with Packers to retire
May 2 Nate Kaeding (Placekicker) San Diego Chargers (2004-2012)
Miami Dolphins (2012)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013)
42 Retired due to injuries
May 7 John Kasay (Placekicker) Seattle Seahawks (1991-1994)
Carolina Panthers (1995-2010)
New Orleans Saints (2011)
42 Signed a 1-day contract with Panthers to retire
May 9 Gerald Sensabaugh (Safety) Jacksonville Jaguars (2005-2008)
Dallas Cowboys (2009-2012)
36 Signed a 1-day contract with Cowboys to retire
May 15 Rolando McClain (Linebacker) Oakland Raiders (2010-2012)
Baltimore Ravens (2013)
23 Was placed on reserved/retired list by Ravens; Was involved in legal troubles
May 22 Brian Urlacher (Linebacker) Chicago Bears (2000-2012) 34
May 29 Steve Smith (Wide Receiver) New York Giants (2007-2010)
Philadelphia Eagles (2011)
St. Louis Rams (2012)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013)
28 Retired due to microfracture knee surgery and a mosaicplasty procedure late in the 2010 season; Not Steve Smith Sr.
May 30 David Garrard (Quarterback) Jacksonville Jaguars (2002-2010)
Miami Dolphins (2012)
42 Retired due to consistent knee swellings; placed on reserve/retired list; made a comeback with Jets in October
July 16 Chris Cooley (Tight End) Washington Redskins (2004-2012) 31 Was hired as an analyst for Redskins
July 18 Josh Brent (Nose Tackle) Dallas Cowboys (2010-2012) 34 Retired due to his charges of intoxicated manslaughter; later returned in 2014
July 25 Sedrick Ellis (Defensive Tackle) New Orleans Saints (2008-2012)
Chicago Bears (2013)
28
July 25 Ryan Swope (Wide Receiver) Arizona Cardinals (2013) 28 Retired due to concussions; was placed on reserve/retired list
August 7 Deon Grant (Safety) Carolina Panthers (2000-2003)
Jacksonville Jaguars (2004-2006)
Seattle Seahawks (2007-2009)
New York Giants (2010-2011)
34 Signed a 1-day contract with Giants to retire
August 7 Brandon Moore (Guard) New York Jets (2002, 2003-2012)
Dallas Cowboys (2013)
33
August 12 Ryan Longwell (Kicker) San Francisco 49ers (1997)
Green Bay Packers (1997-2005)
Minnesota Vikings (2006-2011)
Seattle Seahawks (2012)
37 Signed a 1-day contract with Giants to retire
August 15 Brendon Ayanbadejo (Linebacker/Special teamer) Atlanta Falcons (1999)
Chicago Bears (2000, 2005-2007)
Baltimore Ravens (2001, 2008-2012)
Miami Dolphins (2003-2004)
35 Played in the CFL from 2000-2002
August 31 Antoine Winfield (Cornerback) Buffalo Bills (1999-2003)
Minnesota Vikings (2004-2012)
Seattle Seahawks (2013)
36
December 27 Nnamdi Asomugha (Cornerback) Oakland Raiders (2003-2010)
Philadelphia Eagles (2011-2012)
San Francisco 49ers (2013)
31 Signed a 1-day contract with Raiders to retire

2010

Date Name Team(s) played (years) Age Notes Ref.
March 4 Chris Samuels (Offensive Tackle) Washington Redskins (2000-2009) 32 Retired due to spinal stenosis

2007

Date Name Team(s) played (years) Age Notes Ref.
October 25 Corey Simon (Defensive Tackle) Philadelphia Eagles (2000-2004)
Indianapolis Colts (2005-2006)
Tennessee Titans (2007)
32 Retired due to polyarthritis

References

  1. Raiders' Charles Woodson will retire after 2015 season. CBSSports.com (January 16, 2016). Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  2. Reggie Wayne: 'It was fun, but it's time' to retire. ESPN.com (January 16, 2016). Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  3. Justin Tuck announces retirement after 11 seasons. NFL.com (February 1, 2016). Retrieved on February 3, 2016.
  4. Marshawn Lynch retires after nine seasons. NFL.com (February 8, 2016). Retrieved on February 9, 2016.
  5. Giants release Beatty, Schwartz; Jon Beason retires. NFL.com (February 10, 2016). Retrieved on February 10, 2016.
  6. Lions CB Rashean Mathis retires from NFL. DetroitFreePress.com (February 16, 2016). Retrieved on February 16, 2016.
  7. LB Jerod Mayo says he's 'retiring a Patriot' in Instagram post. ESPN.com (February 16, 2016). Retrieved on February 17, 2016.
  8. Panthers DE Jared Allen announces his retirement via video. ESPN.com (February 18, 2016). Retrieved on February 18, 2016.
  9. Heath Miller retires after 11-year career. USAToday.com (February 19, 2016). Retrieved on February 19, 2016.
  10. Peyton Manning to retire after 18 NFL seasons, five MVPs, two titles and numerous records. USAToday.com (March 6, 2016). Retrieved on March 6, 2016.
  11. align=rightEmotional Peyton Manning officially retires after 18 seasons. ESPN.com (March 7, 2016). Retrieved on March 7, 2016.
  12. Logan Mankins retires after 11 seasons in NFL. NFL.com (March 7, 2016). Retrieved on March 7, 2016.
  13. Lions announce Calvin Johnson has retired. NFL.com (March 8, 2016). Retrieved on March 8, 2016.
  14. Matt Hasselbeck announces his retirement. NFL.com (March 9, 2016). Retrieved on March 9, 2016.
  15. Ravens mourn loss of 23-year-old cornerback Tray Walker. NFL.com (March 18, 2016). Retrieved on March 18, 2016.
  16. 'Personal health' primary reason for Husain Abdullah to retire. ESPN.com (March 28, 2016). Retrieved on March 28, 2016.
  17. Tyler Polumbus announces his retirement. DenverBroncos.com (April 5, 2016). Retrieved on April 5, 2016.
  18. A.J. Tarpley Retires: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction. BleacherReport.com (April 6, 2016). Retrieved on April 7, 2016.
  19. D'Brickashaw Ferguson Retiring At Age 32. RealGM.com (April 8, 2016). Retrieved on April 9, 2016.
  20. Super Bowl Winner Will Smith Shot, Killed in New Orleans; Suspect Arrested. ABCNews.com (April 9, 2016). Retrieved on April 10, 2016.
  21. Kyle Orton announces retirement. BuffaloBills.com (December 29, 2014).
  22. Greg Jones to retire as a member of the Jaguars. BigCatCountry.com (January 14, 2015).
  23. 23.0 23.1 Chargers' Nick Hardwick to retire. NFL.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. (February 2, 2015). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Hardwick" defined multiple times with different content
  24. Kris Richard takes over as Seahawks defensive coordinator, Seattle adds Lofa Tatupu as coach. SeattlePI.com (February 9, 2015).
  25. 25.0 25.1 Former Giant Terrell Thomas announces retirement. NFL.com (February 12, 2015). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "johnson" defined multiple times with different content
  26. Ryan Clark announces retirement after 13 seasons. NFL.com (February 18, 2015).
  27. Maurice Jones-Drew announces his retirement. NFL.com (March 5, 2015).
  28. Jake Locker announces retirement from NFL. NFL.com (March 10, 2015).
  29. Patrick Willis Explains Decision to Retire from NFL. NFL.com (March 10, 2015).
  30. Jake Locker announces retirement from NFL. Post-Gazette.com (March 11, 2015).
  31. Cortland Finnegan announces he will retire. NFL.com (March 11, 2015).
  32. San Francisco 49ers' Chris Borland retiring from NFL. Post-NFL.com (March 16, 2015).
  33. Seahawk center Steve Schilling retires, and a few other notes. Post-NFL.com (April 2, 2015).
  34. Fullback Bradie Ewing announces retirement. Post-NBCsports.com (April 4, 2015).
  35. Polamalu retires from football. HearldStandard.com (April 9, 2015).
  36. Colts list LB Aaron Morgan, 26, as retired after season lost to injury. FOXSports.com (April 13, 2015).
  37. Veteran offensive lineman Wade Smith retires after 11 seasons. ESPN.com (April 13, 2015).
  38. Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor retires following 12-year career. SportsIllustrated.com (April 14, 2015).
  39. Daryn Colledge retires from NFL. NFL.com (April 15, 2015).
  40. Adrian Wilson retires from NFL as an Arizona Cardinal. AZCentral.com (April 20, 2015).
  41. Cardinals tight end John Carlson retires at age 30. NFL.com (May 5, 2015).
  42. Ex-Ravens safety Ed Reed announces retirement. NFL.com (May 6, 2015).
  43. Tennessee Titans LB Kamerion Wimbley retires. NFL.com (May 7, 2015).
  44. Jets waive N.J. native Chris Pantale and Chris Young, announce Corey Hilliard's retirement. NJ.com (May 8, 2015).
  45. After Playing 3 Games Last Year, DT Josh Brent Decides To Retire Again. DallasCowboys.com (May 8, 2015).
  46. Niners defensive tackle Justin Smith retires. NFL.com (May 18, 2015).
  47. Justin Blalock retiring from NFL. NBCSports.com (June 5, 2015).
  48. Anthony Davis of San Francisco 49ers retires. NFL.com (June 5, 2015).
  49. S Danieal Manning announces retirement. HoustonTexans.com (July 14, 2015).
  50. 50.0 50.1 Patriots captain Dan Connolly 'at ease' with retirement. ESPN.com (July 16, 2015). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "connolly" defined multiple times with different content
  51. Jonathan Martin to retire. NBCSports.com (July 27, 2015).
  52. Bears rookie Chad Hamilton retires from football. Chicago.SunTimes.com (July 31, 2015).
  53. Veteran LB Keith Rivers retiring from NFL. NFL.com (July 30, 2015).
  54. Panthers CB Chris Houston decides to retire. NFL.com (August 4, 2015).
  55. Longevity is Rob Sims' most gratifying feat. DetroitLions.com (August 25, 2015).
  56. Chris Myers Announces Retirement On SportsRadio 610. CBSLocal.com (August 25, 2015).
  57. Osi Umenyiora retires after signing 1-day deal with Giants. ESPN.com (August 26, 2015).
  58. Lance Briggs retires (probably) to join CSN Chicago's Bears coverage. Yahoo.com (September 2, 2015).
  59. Veteran WR Rambo retires as a Stampeder. TSN.com (September 4, 2015).
  60. Jermichael Finley retires from NFL; hadn't played since 2013 injury. ESPN.com (October 19, 2015).
  61. Brandon Lloyd retires from NFL after 11 seasons for six teams. ESPN.com (October 22, 2015).
  62. Jonathan Vilma announces retirement, honored by Saints. ESPN.com (December 6, 2015).
  63. Former Husker Adam Carriker announces retirement. Omaha.com (December 13, 2015).
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