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Hopewell, Penn State product Paul Posluszny retires after 11 NFL seasons

| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:43 a.m.
FILE - In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny performs a drill during NFL football training camp, in Jacksonville, Fla. Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. The 33-year-old Posluszny announced his decision in a letter to fans Tuesday, March 13, 2018, one day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
FILE - In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny performs a drill during NFL football training camp, in Jacksonville, Fla. Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. The 33-year-old Posluszny announced his decision in a letter to fans Tuesday, March 13, 2018, one day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) is stopped by Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) and cornerback Aaron Colvin (22) after a reception during the second half of an NFL football game, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jaguars Paul Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. The 33-year-old Posluszny announced his decision in a letter to fans Tuesday, March 13, 2018, one day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.  (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) is stopped by Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) and cornerback Aaron Colvin (22) after a reception during the second half of an NFL football game, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jaguars Paul Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. The 33-year-old Posluszny announced his decision in a letter to fans Tuesday, March 13, 2018, one day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
FILE - In this July 27, 2016, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny speaks to the media in Jacksonville, Fla. Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. The 33-year-old Posluszny announced his decision in a letter to fans Tuesday, March 13, 2018, one day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.(Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union via AP, File)
FILE - In this July 27, 2016, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny speaks to the media in Jacksonville, Fla. Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons. The 33-year-old Posluszny announced his decision in a letter to fans Tuesday, March 13, 2018, one day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.(Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union via AP, File)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons.

The 33-year-old Hopewell and Penn State product announced his decision in a letter to fans Tuesday, one day before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

Posluszny started his career in Buffalo before playing the final seven years in Jacksonville. He led the Jaguars in tackles five times. His 973 stops trail only Daryl Smith (1,089) in Jacksonville's record book.

Posluszny says “with much sadness but without regret, I realize that I am no longer able to adhere to the unwavering standard of excellence that professional football demands.”

He adds that he can “no longer compete at a level that I find acceptable.”

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