A former NFL Draft first round pick has decided to retire from the league at the age of 33.
Robert Ayers, a standout at Tennessee, announced late on Tuesday that he’s decided to retire from the NFL.
The former college football star, a first-team All-SEC in 2008, announced his decision on Tuesday evening.
“That’s all folks, so thankful,” Ayers wrote on Twitter. “Was a helluva run NFL but the time has come. On to the next chapter of life.”
— Robert E. Ayers Jr (@1_900_ayersjr) July 16, 2019
Ayers was the No. 18 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons in Denver before playing for the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions.
The pass rusher finishes his career with 35 sacks, 257 tackles and 1 defensive touchdown.
Ayers last played in 2017.