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Jared Allen announces retirement by riding off on a horse (there was no sunset)

If there had been a sunset, Jared Allen would have ridden off into it.
If there had been a sunset, Jared Allen would have ridden off into it.

The Super Bowl apparently was the last rodeo for one NFL star.

Not Peyton Manning (at least not yet). Former Chiefs star defense end Jared Allen had a tackle in Super Bowl 50 for the Carolina Panthers, and that will be his final game. He tweeted this on Thursday:

Allen, 33, was drafted by the Chiefs in 2004 in the fourth round out of Idaho State (and he apparently lives out West judging by the video).

He had 43 sacks in four seasons before being traded to Minnesota. Allen, who later played for the Bears and Panthers, finished his career with 136 sacks, which is tied for ninth all time with Green Bay outside linebacker Julius Peppers. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and a four-time first-team All-Pro selection.

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“You know what’s funny — and I was talking with somebody about this the other day — football is always humbling,” Allen told The Star’s Terez A. Paylor ahead of the Super Bowl. “But it’s been crazy because this year is probably the worst statistical one I’ve ever had, but it’s the most success I’ve ever had.

“You forget football is a team sport. You forget that when you’re young, no one is really keeping stats in Pop Warner, you’re keeping wins and losses. And you get to this place and I’m a product of it.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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