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Running back Justin Forsett announces retirement from NFL after 9 seasons

(USA TODAY Sports)

Running back Justin Forsett announced his retirement Wednesday after nine seasons.

Forsett played for six teams, but he achieved his most success with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. He finished fifth in the NFL in rushing that season, gaining 1,266 yards and averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

On the website Sports Spectrum, Forsett reflected on how he overcame challenges to remain in the league for so long.

“It’s time. I’m officially announcing my retirement from the game I love. It’s been an amazing ride and I’m grateful for every moment. My career has brought so many great people into my life, and I asked some of them to join me in saying goodbye.

“Against all odds, critics, and naysayers, I accomplished something great. Scouts measured my height and said I was too short. They measured my 40-yard dash and said I was too slow. They looked at my build and said I wouldn’t last. But they couldn’t measure my heart, my faith, and my perseverance.

“I am living proof that dreams come true and God answers prayers, and I thank God everyday for the opportunity to live out my dream.”

Forsett, 31, was drafted in the seventh round in 2008 by the Seattle Seahawks, but was released one regular-season game into his rookie year. He spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, returned to the Seahawks for four seasons, and also spent a year with both the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars before heading to Baltimore.

Forsett was cut by the Ravens in 2016, and spent the rest of the season between the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos, struggling to make an impact with either team.

Forsett finished with 3,890 career rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.

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