An NFL player who has featured in two Super Bowls has decided to call it a day on his playing career.
Ricardo Allen, who played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals, announced his retirement from the National Football League this week after eight seasons in the league.
His appearance in Super Bowl LVI with the Bengals was just a week before this one.
According to Allen, “I’ve often wondered what it would be like to give up what most people would perceive to be’most of me,’ which is my career as a professional athlete,” he posted on Instagram.
“However, the truth is that I consider myself fortunate to be able to claim that things have been good.
But, hey, who’s complaining about having two Super Bowl rings on his finger?
That is not the case with me “In part, his post was read. “Dear football career, I’m sorry.
The fact that you exist makes me grateful, and I’m grateful for the chance you provided me to turn nothing but hard work into the basis of an ever-expanding legacy.
You’ve demonstrated to me that it is not about how you begin, but rather about how you finish.”
Allen, 30, joined the Bengals this past season following seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
He was previously with the Falcons. He appeared in 14 regular-season games for the Bengals, making 15 tackles in the process.
Allen spent the whole Super Bowl on special teams, which was a first for him. During the Super Bowl,
he appeared in nine special teams plays as the Cincinnati Bengals fell to the Los Angeles Rams, 23-20, in overtime.
Allen was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, according to ESPN.
He began his career as a cornerback, but when head coach Dan Quinn took over for Mike Smith in 2015, he was shifted to the safety position.
Having being inactive for the entirety of the 2014 season, Allen made his NFL debut in 2015, compiling 69 tackles, one sack, and three interceptions in his debut season.
Allen had 90 tackles and two interceptions the next season, and he was instrumental in the club reaching the Super Bowl.
The Atlanta Falcons fell short of winning the Super Bowl after losing to the New England Patriots in overtime.
Allen would remain with the Falcons for another four seasons before being released in February of 2021, according to the team.
He concluded his NFL career with 355 tackles and 11 interceptions to go along with his other awards.
“To the Atlanta Falcons organisation, thank you for a wonderful seven years,” Allen wrote in his letter. “To the Bengals organisation:
WOW, what a year, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the years to come.
” I’m so proud of all of my sons, and I love you all! But, just know that if you see me on the other side of the field with the head set on, I’m going to throw that s— hard!”