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Justin Tuck retires: Ex-Giants great helped team win two Super Bowls

Fewer and fewer members of the Giants' championship teams are still playing in the NFL.

Justin Tuck has announced his retirement
Justin Tuck has announced his retirement
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Former New York Giants star defensive end Justin Tuck announced Monday afternoon on his Facebook page that he is retiring from the NFL.

A 2005 third-round draft choice, Tuck spent nine seasons with the Giants. He was named to the Pro Bowl three times, was an All-Pro in 2008 and helped the Giants win two Super Bowls. He became the team's defensive captain after the retirement of Michael Strahan. Tuck had 60.5 of his 66.5 career quarterback sacks while with the Giants, getting double-digit sacks in four separate seasons.

Tuck spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Tuck had this to say to FOX Sports about his decision to retire:

"It's been like a tug of war, and finally the rope broke," Tuck told FOX Sports last week during an interview at his North Jersey home, "and where I fell was retirement."

What are your favorite memories of Tuck? Many of them may involve putting Tom Brady on his back in Super Bowl games, since Tuck did that four times in the Giants' two Super Bowl victories over the New England Patriots.

It likely won't be long before Tuck enters the Giants Ring of Honor. Feel free to use the comments as a Justin Tuck appreciation. He earned it.