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Danny Amendola, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, announced his retirement on Monday after a 13-year career as a wide receiver.
Amendola was an undrafted free agent when he hooked up with the St. Louis Rams in 2009. He played four years with the Rams before joining the Patriots and helped the team win two championships with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
He would rebound from 2018 to 2021. He played for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans before deciding to quit this week.
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He tweeted a video package highlighting his career, writing “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The 36-year-old, who stood out at Texas Tech before turning pro, played 163 games. He caught 617 passes for 6,212 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Amendola told ESPN he was pursuing other interests, including a potential move into broadcasting.
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He is the last player from the Patriots dynasty to retire.
Edelman retired before the start of the 2021 season and, even with the teasing with Brady over the possibility of joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, he remained on the sidelines.
Brady initially said he was stepping away from football at age 44 earlier this year after the Buccaneers lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs. About a month later, however, he revealed he was overwhelmed by his competitive spirit and decided to try again for his 45-year-old season.
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Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL in June. So far he has pushed back on speculation that he would return to the Buccaneers if Brady called. Whether in Tampa or elsewhere, the final stop on his NFL journey will be Canton, Ohio and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.