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Danny Woodhead Announces Retirement From NFL

A Baltimore Ravens helmet sitting on a bench.

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: A Baltimore Ravens helmet sits on the bench during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on September 20, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

One of the shiftiest backs in NFL history is stepping away from the game. Former New England Patriot and Los Angeles Charger Danny Woodhead took to Instagram late Friday night to announce his retirement from the NFL.

The 9-year NFL veteran signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens before last season, but suffered a hamstring injury that sidelined him for most of the 2017 season. After the injury-plagued campaign, Baltimore released him.

Rather than enter the free agent market, Woodhead, 33, decided to step away from the game. "It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love," Woodhead said in his parting message on Instagram.

Woodhead finishes his career with over 2,200 rushing yards, 300 receptions for nearly 2,700 yards, and 32 touchdowns. His best season came in 2015 with the San Diego Chargers when Woodhead racked up over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns.