Dilfer, quarterback on Ravens' Super Bowl team, plans to retire soon

Updated: July 9, 2008, 10:12 PM ET
Associated Press

Trent Dilfer

Dilfer

STATELINE, Nev. -- Quarterback Trent Dilfer, who played the last of his 13 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers last year, said Wednesday he'll make a formal announcement in the coming days that he is retiring from football.

Dilfer, who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, said a recent injury to his Achilles' tendon helped make up his mind.

"I was going to retire anyway. This just gives clarity to the situation," he said during a news conference for American Century Celebrity Golf Championship that begins Friday at Lake Tahoe.

The 36-year-old Dilfer said he's been considering some different options post-football but declined to elaborate.

"I think in the next few days there will be a formal announcement on all those things," he said. "I think everybody I've talked to says [camaraderie is] the hardest thing to get away from, just the locker room, just being around the guys each day, the routine of the season. But I knew this time was coming, and here it is."


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