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Former Titans DT Jurrell Casey announces retirement

A legend hangs up his boots.

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Former Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is retiring from the NFL, he announced this morning.

Casey, 31, was the Titans' third-round pick in 2011. In nine years with the Titans, he tallied 686 tackles, 51 sacks, 59 tackles for loss, 19 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

Casey thanked the Titans all throughout his message.

"To be able to get drafted by Tennessee, and to be able to live out a lifetime dream is everything a young man from Long Beach, California could dream of," Casey said. All the relationships that I made along the way, we had a brotherhood. And Tennessee, it was a great place to call home for me and my family."

Casey will officially announce his retirement at a 1 p.m. CT press conference on Thursday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where it all began.

Casey was the best player on some bad Titans teams. We're glad he got to experience the AFC Championship Game in 2019. He will be sorely missed and we hope he enjoys his retirement.