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Lynch announces retirement after 11 NFL seasons, says his future is wide open

Updated: November 18, 2008, 10:30 AM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- No more bone-jarring tackles for John Lynch.

The hard-hitting, nine-time Pro Bowl safety retired Monday, saying it was time to begin a new phase of life after 11 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and four more with the Denver Broncos.

He felt so strongly about the relationships he built with both clubs that he decided against stepping down in the colors of either team.

Nevertheless, returning to Tampa for the announcement spoke volumes.

"I played ...

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