Pro Bowl DT Jurrell Casey Retires from NFL

Jurrell Casey with the Tennessee Titans
Jurrell Casey with the Tennessee Titans. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/Shutterstock (8992130at)

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey decided to put an end to his football career. The news about Casey’s retirement was announced by the Tennessee Titans, where the 31-year-old player spent most of his 10 years in the NFL.

Even though Casey didn’t officially retire as a member of the Titans, the franchise invited him at their Nissan Stadium and even organized a press conference on Thursday to honor his career.

Casey spent the 2020 season with the Denver Broncos but managed to play just three games before being missing the remainder of the campaign due to a torn biceps. He was released by the Broncos in February.

“I made the decision on my own,” said Casey detailing his retirement decision. “That was the blessing of it all. I could have been hurt with no team wanting me. To be able to make that decision on my own is a blessing and a feeling that I always wanted to have, to be able to walk away from the game on my own accord.”

Jurrell Casey was drafted by the Titans in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He went on to play nine years in Tennessee, during which he established himself as one of the team’s most reliable players on defense. He earned five Pro Bowl nods as a Titan while racking up 493 tackles, 51.0 sacks, 115 QB hits, and eight forced fumbles.