Former Longtime Falcons Player Announces Retirement

Adam Taylor McKillop
A former longtime Atlanta Falcons player announced his retirement on Sunday.
A former longtime Atlanta Falcons player announced his retirement on Sunday. / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

After suiting up for 14 regular season games, and an exciting run to Super Bowl 56 with the Cincinnati Bengals, safety Ricardo Allen announced his retirement on Sunday via Instagram.

Despite all of his success this past season in Cincinnati, Allen may be best remembered for a six-year tenure with the Atlanta Falcons.

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Atlanta drafted Allen back in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The former four-year Purdue Boilermaker product stepped into a starting role during the 2015 season and never looked back.

Allen started in 76 of 77 games played during this tenure with the Falcons, missing only a handful of games during that stretch. In all, he racked up 340 combined tackles (245 solo) to go with 11 interceptions and 26 passes defended.

The 2016 campaign was Allen's most impactful as he totaled 90 combined tackles and helped the team reach a Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

Allen made two Super Bowl appearances throughout his seven years in the NFL.

"I've always wondered how it would feel giving up what most people would consider to be 'most of me', and that's being a professional athlete. But, the truth is, I'm blessed to be able to say that it's been good. It could have been better with two Super Bowl rings, but who's complaining? Not me."

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