Free-agent guard Andy Levitre retired after 10 NFL seasons on Tuesday.
Levitre, 32, made the announcement on Instagram and said that his NFL career provided him "memories that will last" a lifetime.
"I met my wife while I was playing in Buffalo. I fell in love with the city of Nashville while playing for the Titans. I also had to rush out after my first playoff game with the Falcons to attend the birth of my first child," he wrote.
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It all started as a big kid growing up in the mountains of Santa Cruz. I had a fire in my belly and a burning desire to be the best football player I could be. I was never the the most talented athlete on the field so I made the conscious choice to outwork everyone else. Coming from a high school that wasn't highly recruited I spent many nights piecing together my own VHS tapes to send off in hopes of being recruited. Some of my fondest memories are of my grandfather driving me around the country to meet with some different colleges. Although I may not have been able to reach all of my goals as an athlete, I can end this chapter of my life knowing I gave the game of football everything I had. I have memories that will last me a life time. I met my wife while I was playing in Buffalo. I fell in love with the city of Nashville while playing for the Titans. I also had to rush out after my first playoff game with the Falcons to attend the birth of my first child. Unfortunately, due to injury my body won't allow me to continue any longer. Thank you to my wife and children, my family, friends, coaches, teammates and all of the fans who have supported me on this journey. I am looking forward to shifting my time & energy to focus more on family, friends, restoring my health & pursuing other passions of mine. I hope you all have enjoyed my career as much as I have.
Levitre cited injury for his decision to retire. His 2018 season ended after just two games when the Atlanta Falcons placed him on injured reserve with a torn triceps.
He started all 143 games he played in the NFL after the Buffalo Bills selected him in the second round (51st overall) of the 2009 draft. He played four seasons in Buffalo, two with the Tennessee Titans and four with the Falcons.