Pro Bowler Ryan Kerrigan hangs up his cleats after 11 NFL seasons

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Ryan Kerrigan, four-time Pro Bowl linebacker who played for washington and the Philadelphia Eagles during his 11-year career, called him Friday.

Kerrigan, 33, played 172 games between the Washington Redskins and the Washington Football Team and the Eagles. He finished with 95.5 sacks – all with washington — and retired as the franchise’s all-time leader in the stats category.

I signed a one day contract to retire as a member of the organization where I played 156 games.

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Former Washington player Ryan Kerrigan speaks with reporters about his retirement at the Commanders Training Center, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Ashburn, Va.

Former Washington player Ryan Kerrigan speaks with reporters about his retirement at the Commanders Training Center, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Ashburn, Va.
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“I just want people to know that they have everything about me,” he said via the Commanders website. “I have nothing left to give, physically or emotionally, as a player. I have dedicated my whole life to being a footballer.”

Washington selected Kerrigan with the No. 16 pick in Purdue’s 2011 NFL Draft. He immediately made an impact on the team, recording 64 tackles and 7.5 sacks in his first season.

He led the NFL with five forced fumbles in 2014 and had a career-high 13.5 sacks. In 2016, he led the NFL with 18 tackles for a loss. He also had 11 sacks that season and earned his second Pro Bowl selection.

He played for Washington from 2011 to 2020 before signing with the Eagles ahead of the 2021 season.

Former Washington defenseman Ryan Kerrigan resigned with Commanders for a day to announce his retirement from football.

Former Washington defenseman Ryan Kerrigan resigned with Commanders for a day to announce his retirement from football.
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“It’s a new era of football here in Washington, and hopefully that will mean a lot of wins in the future, some playoff wins – something that I unfortunately didn’t get to experience here.” he said of the commanders at a press conference on Saturday. “I just hope it means good things for the team going forward and a good thing for the guys in the dressing room.”

Washington center Chase Roullier sang Kerrigan’s praises. Both players were on the Redskins and Washington football team as the team eventually renamed the commanders.

“Obviously Ryan spent most of his time here under the old name but we honor him as commanders I think just continuing on the legacy of that name and our team as a whole and just shows that we’re still the same group of guys whether the name has changed or not,” Roullier said.

Washington's Ryan Kerrigan celebrates after saving a sack against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on October 19.  25, 2020, in Landover, Maryland.

Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan celebrates after saving a sack against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on October 19. 25, 2020, in Landover, Maryland.
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“There are a lot of cultural shifts, a lot of things that have changed, but we are still able to honor Ryan as such an important part of this franchise and what he has done for us.”

Kerrigan expressed optimism in the direction of the team on his exit, said punter Tress Way.

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“What’s really cool is that Kerrigan comes out one day and he talks about what he just sees with us and in the locker room, in the building, on the field, and he said the word ‘momentum’. ‘” Way said. “I’m quite biased because he’s one of my best friends, but I would say the same. You just feel some momentum, so it’s just a question of whether we can run and win a few games and Continue.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.