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One of my favorite football players retires..Ed McCaffery
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado - Saying it was time to enter the next phase of his life, Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey announced his retirement Tuesday after 13 NFL seasons.
McCaffrey spent the last nine years of his career in Denver and was a key member of the Broncos' Super Bowl championship teams in 1997 and 1998.
"It was a difficult decision but one that I feel good about," McCaffrey said.
The 35-year-old joined the Broncos in 1995 and emerged as one of the favorite targets for quarterback John Elway. McCaffrey ranks fourth in receptions (462), fourth in receiving yardage (6,200) and third in receiving touchdowns (46) in franchise history.
"He's the most complete player that I've been around," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "What I mean by that is the way he prepared, his attitude, the way he would compete and the way he would prepare."
McCaffrey had more than 1,000 receiving yards each season from 1998-2000 and reached his only Pro Bowl in 1998.
"In the last 20 years that I have had the honor of owning this football club, he is going to be remembered by me - and I think by most of the fans and the people here - as the bravest and the most courageous player to play for the team," owner Pat Bowlen said.
Injuries plagued McCaffrey, who suffered a broken leg in the 2001 season opener. He suffered a pair of concussions last season and was limited to 19 catches for 195 yards.
"A lot of people think (I'm retiring) because of injuries, but I've been cleared to play and I'm ready to go," McCaffrey said. "That's never kept me from playing and that's not the reason I'm retiring. It's part of the reason."
McCaffrey also played for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers and ended his career with 565 catches for 7,422 yards and 55 touchdowns.