Former Texans and Packers OLB veteran Whitney Mercilus retires | Soccer News

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By The Associated Press

Outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus says he’s retiring, ending a 10-year career in which he had 58 sacks.

Mercilus, 31, announced his decision on Wednesday via Instagram. Illinois’ 2012 first-round pick spent most of his career with the Houston Texans before playing four regular-season games and a playoff game with the Green Bay Packers last season.

“This decision has not been easy, but I am excited and ready to enter this new season of life”, Mercilus said in his Instagram post. “God gave me the opportunity to play this sport professionally for 10 years, and He gave me this path to keep walking in His goals. I’m grateful to be able to leave football with absolutely no regrets, a boatload of memories, lessons, lifelong friends and a heart full of gratitude.

Mercilus had all of his except one 58 career bags with the Texans. He had a career-high 12 sacks in 2015. He had 7½ sacks in 2016 and earned second-team honors in All-Pro balloting that season.

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He played six games with the Texans last season before they released him. Mercilus signs with the Packers shortly after and played four games before go to injured reserve with a bicep injury.

Mercilus missed the rest of the regular season but returned to play for the Packers NFC Divisional Playoff Loss at the San Francisco 49ers.

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