Following the New Orleans Saints' final game of the preseason, the team will say goodbye to a vocal leader in offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod. He'll be walking away from the game after playing over a decade in the NFL.
New Orleans selected Bushrod in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He instantly became an impact player for its offensive line, protecting the blind side of Drew Brees.
The Saints run to Super Bowl XLIV wouldn't have been possible without contributions from Bushrod and the rest of their offensive line. They went on to defeat the Colts to cap off their improbable championship run.
Bushrod will announce his retirement during the Saints final preseason game tonight, per NFL reporter Jane Slater.
This will put an end to his incredible career in New Orleans, which consisted of two trips to the Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl ring.
He'll sign a one-day contract to retire with the Saints.
With Bushrod out of the picture at offensive tackle, the Saints will rely on Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk. Both offensive tackles were second-team All-Pro last season.
It should be an emotional night for Bushrod, who has made countless memories in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Congratulations to Bushrod on a long and successful career in the NFL.