RENTON, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney has announced his retirement after 11 seasons.
Kerney, a two-time pro bowler, struggled with injury in recent years.
"The toll that has been taken on my body will no longer allow me to train, and hence, perform, at a level that is acceptable to me,"
said Kerney in a statement.
He played his first eight season with the Atlanta Falcons before joining the Seahawks as a free agent in 2007.
In his first season in Seattle, Kerney led the NFC with a career-high 14.5 sacks and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2008, he was named Seahawks Man of the Year for his contributions to the community.
"It has been a privilege to work for two first-class organizations that are supported by passionate, inspirational fans. I cannot express enough gratitude to all who have supported me throughout my career," said Kerney.
The announcement comes nine days before the NFL Draft begins. The Seahawks, entering their first season under head coach Pete Carroll, have the No. 6 and No. 14 picks in the first round.