Former Penn State LB Paul Posluszny retires after 11 National Football League seasons

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

The Jags will now go into the offseason in search of a middle linebacker as Posluszny played at the position on early downs.

After 11 National Football League seasons and more than 1,000 career tackles, Penn State legend Paul Posluszny is finally hanging up his cleats.

In addition to being known as one of Linebacker U's best-ever linebackers, he's also regarded as one of the Jaguars' most-beloved defensive players.

"With much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands".

Posluszny was picked in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. I formed lasting friendships with my college roommates; played with outstanding men like Sean Lee, Dan Connor, Tim Shaw and Michael Robinson; practiced the game of football with elite coaches like Tom Bradley and Ron Vanderlinden; and most importantly, learned that just being a football player was never going to be good enough.

"I say this with a heavy heart: I am retiring from the NFL. I love the game of football so much, and I know there is truly only one acceptable way to play".

Over the course of an 11-year career that saw him suit up for 145 regular-season games and three postseason games, all of which came this past season, Posluszny recorded over 1,200 total tackles and 16 sacks.

The Jaguars moved Posluszny to strongside linebacker last spring to pave the way for second-year player Myles Jack to start in the middle. He made his first and only playoff appearance this past season, reaching the AFC Championship game with the Jaguars. He had 397 tackles, 4 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles in four seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

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