Darren Sproles has announced he will retire at the end of the 2019 NFL season.
The Philadelphia Running leader signed another campaign at Lincoln Financial Field in July after initially announcing his intention to end his career after the 2018 campaign.
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Now Sproles, who played for the San Diego (now Los Angeles) shippers and the New Orleans Saints before his six seasons in Philadelphia, will call it a day. He finishes his fifth career in all the winning garages.
“I enjoy playing football so much and I gave everything I had in return,” Sproles said in a long message to fans posted on the Eagles’ official website.
“I gave it everything I had in every game and drove it until the wheels fell.
“When we re-signed with the Eagles in July, I knew it would be my last season and now my body is telling me it’s time to get out of the game. It’s time to call it a career.
“So when the season comes to an end, I will officially leave the National Football League, but I wanted to announce it today (Saturday) so that we can appreciate the moment together on Sunday (when the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys).”
Sproles suffered from a torn hip flexor last month, ending his hopes of playing again for the Eagles.
“Last month’s spending on injured reserve was tough,” he added. “I want to be out there with my men, but I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my family and I am peaceful with that decision.
“My kids are sad that my career is coming to an end, because they told me they love to see me play, they inspired me.
“I’m proud to be able to play at a high level because I wanted to show my kids that you can accomplish anything you set your mind on as long as you are willing to work hard for it. It is close, especially when times get tough and rocky. “
Jerry Rice, Brian Mitchell, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith are the only players to have more yards than the Sproles, who totaled 19,696 yards after being selected by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.