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Former No. 1 pick Jake Long announces retirement after nine seasons

Free agent offensive tackle Jake Long announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons on Monday.

Long, the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, played only four games with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 before he suffered a torn Achilles on Nov. 13 and was lost for the remainder of the season.

In his statement, posted on Twitter, announcing his retirement, he said his rehab from the Achilles injury has made him “realize that although my heart and mind still want to play, my body is telling me something completely different.”

Long spent the first five years of his career in Miami, holding down the left tackle position and reaching the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons.

In 2013 he decided not to re-sign with the Dolphins, opting instead to sign a free-agent contract with the then-St. Louis Rams.

Two years into his four-year deal with the Rams, Long had already torn his right ACL twice. He was released by the Rams in 2015 and signed with the Atlanta Falcons, but only played in four games.

He joined the Vikings last season after they became desperate for offensive line help. He only played in four games before suffering the Achilles injury.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection (2008-11) last played more than 10 games in a season in 2013, when he started 15 games for the Rams.

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