Veteran DE Michael Bennett Retiring After 11 NFL Seasons

Veteran defensive end Michael Bennett is hanging the cleats up after 11 NFL seasons.

The three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champion announced his retirement on Instagram Tuesday morning.

“Retiring feels a little like death of self, but I’m looking forward to the rebirth — the opportunity to reimagine my purpose,” Bennett posted. “I would like to thank my wife and children, who have sacrificed so much for me to succeed. I’m looking forward to supporting them the same way they have me these past 11 years. I have never been more at peace in my life.

“As the great Toni Morrison said: ‘Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.’

Bennett finishes his career with 69.5 sacks after stints with five different teams including the Seahawks, Buccaneers, Eagles, Patriots and most recently, the Cowboys.