Kory Lichtensteiger, who spent seven seasons with the Redskins, officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday morning.
The 6-3, 275-pound center from Bowling Green played in 78 games for the Redskins from 2010 until the end of the 2016 season, starting in all but three games.
Lichtensteiger entered the NFL as the No. 108 (4th Round) pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, being selected by the Denver Broncos. Lichtensteiger was signed by the Redskins in January 2010 and by the end of the 2016 season, was the third longest-tenured player on the roster, behind just Kedric Golston and DeAngelo Hall.
Lichtensteiger entered the NFL as a guard, but shifted to center, and eventually played every position on the offensive line.
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Lichtensteiger released a full statement regarding the news, per the Redskins:
“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to retire from the National Football League. I am grateful beyond words to the Washington Redskins organization. I would like to thank the ownership as a whole and specifically Dan Snyder and his family for the opportunity to play the bulk of my career here in Washington.
“I have had many great coaches and teammates and I owe a great deal to many people for helping me make a career in this league. For any newcomer or unestablished player to hang around, he has to have people who believe in him. I will forever be grateful to Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden for giving me that trust.
“I want to say thank you to the wonderful fans of the Washington Redskins. My chapter is ending, but there are great things happening in the organization! There is a lot to be excited for and I am ready to join the already great fan base in cheering for this team!
“I want to thank the entirety of my family for all their unwavering support and love. Surely, none of this would have been possible without them. Thank you to my agent, who has been with me through good times and bad.
“Finally, I would like to thank Bruce Allen and Scot McCloughan. When I came to them after the season and shared my thoughts, they were extremely gracious and agreed to let me to ‘retire a Redskin.’ This is a great business, but it is indeed a business. And for that reason, I am thankful to be treated as family in the final hour of my playing career. Hail to the Redskins!”
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