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Posluszny announces retirement after 11 seasons

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Paul Posluszny - AP

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny's 11-year NFL career has come to a close.

Posluszny, who spent the past seven seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, announced his retirement Tuesday.

"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 said in a statement. "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. Knowing I can no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable, I have chosen to end my football career."

In Posluszny's lengthy statement he thanked Penn State's Nittany Nation, as well as his former coaches like Joe Paterno, Ron Vanderlinden and Tom Bradley. The former Hopewell standout started his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills as a second-round pick in 2007 and it wasn't until this past season that Posluszny played in his first NFL playoff game, which came against the Bills.

He amassed 1,212 career tackles, 16 sacks and 15 interceptions during his 145 career games.

"This decision is mine alone, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, it is the right and honorable action to take at this time in my life," his statement read. "I cherished every moment of my NFL career, and it has been such a blessing to play the game for as long as I have played. I anxiously look forward to next football season to arrive, but this time with the sole focus of being a great husband and father for my loving family."

Jacksonville's roster is expected to lose another former Nittany Lion shortly, this one via free agency where wide receiver Allen Robinson is expected to sign with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.

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