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Philadelphia Eagles Legend Fletcher Cox Announces Retirement After Glorious 12-Season Career

In a heartfelt Instagram post on Sunday, Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox officially announced his retirement from the NFL after an illustrious 12-season career, all of which he spent with the Philadelphia Eagles. Cox, a six-time Pro Bowler and key member of the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII-winning team, leaves behind a lasting legacy as one of the greatest players in franchise history.

The 33-year-old Mississippi State alum was selected by the Eagles as the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Cox’s impact on the field was immediate, recording 5.5 sacks and 39 tackles in his rookie season. Throughout his career, he solidified his place in Eagles history, setting franchise records for sacks (70) and Pro Bowl appearances by a defensive tackle (6). His retirement follows closely on the heels of longtime Eagles center Jason Kelce, marking the end of an era for the team.

Cox’s career accolades include six consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 2015 to 2020, a first-team All-Pro nod in 2018, and being named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s. His impact went beyond statistics, as he played an integral role in establishing a championship culture within the Eagles organization.

Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie expressed gratitude for Cox’s contributions, stating, “From the moment he was drafted as the 12th overall pick in 2012 until his final game, Fletcher Cox was a dominant force on our defensive line.” Lurie praised Cox’s leadership, toughness, and durability, emphasizing the lasting impact he had on and off the field.

Cox’s retirement announcement comes just a week after he wrapped up a successful 2023 season, starting 15 games and contributing 5 sacks, 17 QB hits, 3 tackles for loss, and 33 combined tackles. Despite turning 33 during his final NFL season, Cox showcased his enduring skills and commitment to the team.

In his retirement statement, Cox expressed gratitude to the Eagles organization, teammates, and fans, saying, “I gave everything I had to this team and to this city.” He reflected on his journey from being drafted by Andy Reid in 2012 to winning a Super Bowl and earning All-Decade Team honors.

Eagles fans, known for their intense passion, received a special acknowledgment from Cox: “To Eagles fans everywhere – there is not a fan base in all of sports that is as passionate as you. After spending my career here, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”

As Cox begins a new chapter in his life, Eagles fans and the NFL community celebrate his remarkable career and contributions to the City of Philadelphia. The legacy of Fletcher Cox, forever etched in Eagles history, will be remembered by fans and future generations of football enthusiasts.