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Philadelphia Eagles Legend Fletcher Cox Retires After 12 Seasons



Fletcher Cox

Philadelphia Eagles legend Fletcher Cox has announced that he is retiring from the National Football League after 12 remarkable seasons, all spent with the Eagles in Philadelphia. Cox retires as nearly a surefire Hall of Famer.

The legendary defensive tackle was selected as an all-pro just once in his career, but made six Pro Bowls, and was ultimately named to the 2010s all-decade team. Cox announced,

“After much reflection, I have made the decision to retire from the game of football. I gave everything I had to this team and to this city. I don’t know what’s next for me, but I do know that I’m forever grateful for my time here in Philadelphia and with the Eagles organization.

To Eagles fans everywhere – there is not a fan base in all of sports that is as passionate as you. You are intense and demanding, but it’s because of how much you care. After spending my career here, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I’ll never forget the feeling of running out of the tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field, or the roar of the crowd after making a big play. 

One of the proudest moments of my life was holding up that Lombardi Trophy at the Rocky steps while looking out into the sea of fans. It was breathtaking to realize what we were able to accomplish and how much it meant to so many.”

Fletcher Cox on Retirement

Cox was selected with the 12th pick of the first round by Philadelphia in 2012. He finishes his career with 70 sacks, 519 tackles, and three fumble recoveries. He won one Super Bowl in 2017, when the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots and Tom Brady behind the stellar play of backup quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles arguabl had the greatest game for a quarterback in the history of the Super Bowl, finishing with a near perfect stat line. Foles had 343 yards, and 3 touchdowns, making just one mistake on an interception.

Cox has been a major piece of the Philadelphia Eagles for more than a dozen years, but unfortunately, his legendary career comes to an end today. Enjoy retirement, star!

The Eagles also lost star center Jason Kelce this offseason to retirement, leaving Philadelphia without two key franchise players heading into 2024.

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