— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuck) February 1, 2016
The NFL lost one of its most upstanding citizens in Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Justin Tuck recently. His fans and fellow competitors took notice.
By Skylar Darel
The New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, and the entire NFL community all received some saddening news on Monday afternoon, when future Hall-of-Fame defensive end Justin Tuck announced his retirement via his Instagram:
Tuck had a very successful NFL career, spanning 11 years, including two Pro Bowls, over 60 sacks, and two Super Bowl rings.
— NFL (@NFL) February 1, 2016
Tuck also gained recognition as the only player in history to have multiple sacks in multiple Super Bowls, all against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
— NFL (@NFL) February 1, 2016
Naturally, when such a well-liked and influential player announces his retirement, he receives an outpouring of affection from the NFL community. Tuck was no exception.
His former Giants teammates took to Twitter to congratulate Tuck, and reflect on his impact on both the Giants, and the community as well.
— David Diehl (@davediehl66) February 2, 2016
— Shaun O'Hara (@ShaunOHara60) February 1, 2016
I never posted this picture because I never wanted the guys in the locker room to look at you any diff. But now that you are hanging up the cleats I guess it’s alright now ?????. CAP ITS BEEN A PLEASURE BROTHA… From our college visit days at Notre Dame to us winning Super Bowls at NYG. You are one hell of a dude on and off the field homie. One of the worlds best fathers. Wishing you the family the best bro with the decision you have made. The reason I say decision is becuz we all know you have something left in that tank of yours. May God continue to bless you Fam! #FromOneCAPToAnother #TrueChampion #Blessed #RackThemDamnBallsTho ??? @therealjustintuck91 @therealjustintuck91 #HeTriedToPullTheShirtOverHisHeadButMyHandsAreFasterThanHis #SlowPoke
"Justin Tuck nah you Just in luck" 😂😂 (inside joke) one of the best examples of what it means to be a leader and captain! @JustinTuck
— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) February 2, 2016
— Lawrence Tynes (@lt4kicks) February 1, 2016
— Jason Pierre-Paul (@UDWJPP) February 1, 2016
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) February 1, 2016
— THE UPRISING (@OsiUmenyiora) February 1, 2016
— Spencer Paysinger (@PYSNGR) February 1, 2016
— Justin Pugh (@JustinPugh) February 1, 2016
To My Brother Justin Tuck,I wanted to take a second to congratulate you on an amazing career and to say thank you for…
Others in the NFL community, from franchises, to players, to NFL Insiders, all congratulated Tuck on a wonderful career.
Congrats to my man @JustinTuck on a great career and walking away on his own terms! You made life miserable for us QB's
— Bruce Gradkowski (@bgradkowski5) February 2, 2016
Congrats 🐐! A storied NFL career 2💍's! Thanks for everything big brah was sad to get the news… https://t.co/VPsGq5Y0xm
— Khalil Mack (@52Mack_) February 2, 2016
Great player, great career. Congrats and enjoy retirement @JustinTuck!
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 1, 2016
Raiders DE Justin Tuck announced today that he is retiring from the NFL. Heck of a run.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2016
Once a Giant, always a Giant. The great @JustinTuck has announced his retirement.
— New York Giants (@Giants) February 1, 2016
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) February 2, 2016
As for Tuck’s future, some felt that a return to the Giants could have been on the cards, had Tom Coughlin still been in charge.
Justin Tuck said he would have considered playing for Giants for a year if Coughlin was still coach.
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) February 2, 2016
Regardless, Tuck will go down as one of the best Giants of all time, and will likely retire as a member of the New York Football Giants.
Justin Tuck on the possibility of signing a one-day contract and retiring as a Giant: "That's the plan." #OnceAGiantAlwaysAGiant
— Giants Daily (@NYGDaily) February 1, 2016
Tuck was an exemplary player, teammate, and man, and is sure to succeed in the next phase of his life, whether it be as a coach, a broadcaster, or just as a human being.