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Paul Posluszny bids farewell: “I’d rather be a year too early than one play too late”

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Paul Posluszny #51 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs off the field during the second half of their game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field on September 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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The Jaguars said goodbye to Paul Posluszny with a retirement ceremony Monday. The linebacker announced his retirement March 13.

“I absolutely loved being a Jacksonville Jaguar,” Posluszny said, via quotes distributed by the team. “I tried to give everything that I could to [the organization] while I had the privilege of serving here. Thank you for sharing your locker room with me. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it for the time I was here. It was an honor and it was pleasure. I loved every minute of it.

“I love the game too much and I respect it too much to not be able, physically, to do everything that I’ve done in years past. If that’s a year too early, I’ll regret it, but I’d rather be a year too early than one play too late.”

Posluszny played 145 career regular-season games, making 1,381 tackles, 15 interceptions and 16 sacks.

“I promise you, as soon as I met [Poz], I knew I had a guy I could trust, and who I could depend on – and I love him,” said linebacker Telvin Smith, who introduced Posluszny. “I’ve never met a better man than [Poz]. I’ve never had a better teammate than you. I promise I won’t let you down. I love you. I appreciate you. And forever, you have a place as my brother.”