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Former College Football Star Announces He's Retiring From NFL

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

On Monday afternoon, one of the best defensive players from collegiate football announced his retirement from the NFL. Former Texas star Brian Orakpo spoke with reporters on Monday afternoon to reveal he's stepping away from the game.

Orakpo, 32, was a unanimous All-American during his time with the Longhorns where he won nearly every major award for a linebacker in 2008.

The former Longhorns star leaves the NFL as a four-time Pro Bowler over his nine-year NFL career.

Here's the announcement from the man himself.

Orakpo won the BCS national championship with the Longhorns in 2005 over the USC Trojans. He earned Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2005 as well.

The Washington Redskins made Orakpo a first-round pick in 2009 when they drafted him with the 13th overall pick. After six seasons with the Redskins, Orakpo signed a four-year, $31 million deal with the Tennessee Titans where he finished his career.

He finishes his career with 423 tackles and 66 sacks.