CHARLOTTE, NC (Jonathan Jones and Joseph Person) - Panthers defensive end Jared Allen is hanging up his cleats and putting on his cowboy boots.
The 12-year defensive end whom the Panthers traded for this season posted a video to his Twitter announcing his retirement from football.
"Hello, everyone, I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career," Allen says while on horseback. "This was the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset but seeing how there's no sunset, I'm just going to ride off."
Allen, 33, finishes his career in a tie for ninth all-time in career sacks with 136. He played six years in Kansas City, four in Minnesota, one in Chicago while splitting his final season between the Bears and Panthers.