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Antrel Rolle retires from the NFL

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Ex-Giant bids farewell

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Former New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle announced his retirement from football today, on the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.

Rolle was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first-round of the 2005 NFL Draft and spent 11 seasons in the league, including an unforgettable five-year tenure with the Giants from 2010-2014 where he never missed a game. Although he played for three different teams over the course of his career, Rolle considered New York home. The feeling was mutual.

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Rolle, who was in attendance for the Giants win over the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday, was a natural fit. He was the vocal and emotional leader of the Giants defense during his time, which included a Super Bowl XLVI championship. He embodied the passion and fight the New York Giants had long been known for.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, twice as a member of the Giants. He finishes his playing career with 705 tackles, four sacks, 26 interceptions and four touchdowns returns.