New York Giants offensive tackle David Diehl has announced his retirement from football after an eleven year professional career.
The 2003 fifth round draft pick spoke to giants.com:
"I love football, I love being in the game, I love watching film, I love doing all of that and I;m going to miss that aspect of it.
"But I know I'm ready to start the new and next chapter of my life," he explained.
The offensive tackle became the first Giants rookie to play all sixteen games in his first regular season since Mark Bavaro completed the feat in 1985.
And he became an integral part of the franchise, helping the Giants to two Super Bowl titles (XLII and XLVI).
He was an incredible servent to the team and missed only 12 games in his 11 year career.
He achieved personal recognition also, being selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl, and was an All-Pro in 2008.
The longevity of his success is apparent when you consider he ties for 12th position on the Giants' all-time regular season games played list.
Giants players were quick to show their appreciation for a genuine team player, with Eli Manning one of the first to comment:
"He's one of my great buddies and just a true warrior.
"A guy you wanted out there...He was just a true professional."