Shortly after the New York Giants rounded out their 2013 season, offensive lineman David Diehl revealed that he was not only facing offseason thumb surgery, but that retirement was very much on the table and a decision would be made within a few weeks.
Although Diehl has not yet officially announced anything, The Star-Ledger is reporting that the two-time Super Bowl champion is, in fact, expected to retire.
"I’m proud and I’m honored to be a New York Giant and be here for over a decade," Diehl said following a Week 17 victory over the Washington Redskins. "Here in the next couple of weeks, I’ll spend some time with my daughter and enjoy the time and make the decision if this is my last game or not. I can walk away from this game, if that’s my decision, with my head held high."
Diehl, who was taken in the fifth-round of the 2003 NFL Draft, could be considered one of the Giants' best mid-round success stories in their history. He immediately started for the team and wouldn't look back, starting 120 consecutive regular season games over a seven-year span.
Ultimately, if this is the end, he will have played in 164 regular season games (161 starts), 11 postseason games and won two Super Bowl Championships. He was also named an All-Pro in 2008 and to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2009.
If this is the end, we certainly wish him the best and offer our thanks on 11 great years.
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