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Fletcher Cox Announces Retirement After 12 Eagles Seasons

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox announced his retirement from football on social media on Sunday.

Following center Jason Kelce’s retirement, Fletcher Cox is the second Eagles legend to retire this offseason.

Fletcher Cox was drafted by Philadelphia in 2012 and went on to win the Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2017. 

In his last season, he recorded 33 tackles, 17 QB hits, five sacks, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and one fumble recovered.


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“After much reflection, I have made the decision to retire from the game of football,” Cox said

“I gave everything I had to this team and to this city. I don’t know what’s next for me, but I do know that I’m forever grateful for my time here in Philadelphia and with the Eagles organization. Go Birds!”

Over 12 seasons, Cox produced 519 tackles, 173 quarterback hits, eight tackles for loss, 14 fumble recoveries and 16 forced fumbles. His 70 sacks rank 5th on the Eagles’ all-time list. Since entering the NFL in 2012, only three defensive tackles have more sacks than him.

Cox retires a six time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl LII champion. Eagles CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Lurie says his presence will be missed.


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“Beyond his statistical accolades, any opposing coach would tell you their game-planning could not start until they deal with No. 91,” he said. 

“Whether he was wreaking havoc in the backfield or taking on double teams to set up others for success, Fletcher thrived in every style of defense he played during his career. He was an incredibly tough and durable player who put his body on the line week in and week out for his teammates. You could always rely on him to set the tone on game day, whether it was a chilling inspirational speech or a big play in a key moment.”

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