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NFL Community Reacts To Justin Tuck’s Retirement

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.

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.

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.

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

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To My Brother Justin Tuck,I wanted to take a second to congratulate you on an amazing career and to say thank you for…

Posted by Steve Weatherford on Monday, February 1, 2016

Others in the NFL community, from franchises, to players, to NFL Insiders, all congratulated Tuck on a wonderful career.

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.

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.

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.

Staff Writer at Elite Sports New York. Lead Writer at New York Sports Hub and My Weekly Sports. Twitter, instagram: @skylardarel. Avid fan of the Yankees, Knicks, Giants, New York City FC, FC Barcelona, and Arsenal FC. Sophomore at the College of New Jersey, studying Communication. Aspiring play-by-play commentator. Grew up in Manhattan, and proud to know how to work the Subway system.