Former Two-Time All-American Paul Posluszny Announces His Retirement from the NFL

By John Morgan on March 13, 2018 at 12:25 pm
Nov 5, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) celebrates with defensive tackle Eli Anjou (54) during the second half at EverBank Field. Jacksonville defeated Cincinnati 23-7.

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After eleven seasons in the NFL, former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny announced his retirement today. Posluszny was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2007 draft and spent his first five seasons in Buffalo. He finished the rest of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars after signing a lucrative free agent deal in 2011. Posluszny made his only Pro Bowl in 2013 as a Jaguar when he finished second in the league with 162 tackles. For his professional career, Poz finishes with 1,214 tackles, 16 sacks and 15 interceptions. This past season, the Jaguars finally made the NFL playoffs, marking the first and only time Poz got to taste the postseason. He announced his retirement with a heartfelt letter that was posted on the Jaguars official site this morning. 

While at Penn State, Pozlusny became the first two-time AP All-American, earning the honors in 2005 and 2006. Poz was also a two-time winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player in those same seasons. In 2005, he also won the Butkus Award presented to the nation’s top linebacker. Posluszny’s retirement comes a day after Tamba Hali was released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Hali has not made a decision on his future but is also contemplating retirement. The duo will forever be linked to the 2005 Penn State team and that incredible season which revived the program from the 2000-2004 dark ages.

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