‘I will be a Titan forever’: Jurrell Casey retires from the NFL after 10 seasons

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FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey (99) rushes in against the Indianapolis Colts during an NFL football game in Indianapolis. The Denver Broncos have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans. Two people familiar with the trade tell The Associated Press that the Titans swapped Casey to Denver for a seventh-round draft pick. The move cannot become official until the new league year begins later Wednesday, March 18, 2020, though most teams won’t announce official signings until players pass physicals to finalize deals. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The sack and finger wag became one of Jurrell Casey’s signatures here in Tennessee, but after ten seasons in the NFL, nine spent with the Titans, the five time pro-bowler is calling it a career.

On Thursday, Casey announced his retirement at Nissan Stadium in front of his family and former teammates, Derrick Morgan and Kevin Byard.

“It was a hard decision to come and want to retire, but after I sat down and talked with my family, and going through the last three years of injuries, it was the best decision to pull away from the game,” said Casey.

As a defensive tackle, he made a huge impact while sporting the two-tone blue. His 51 sacks rank him 7th in team history and are second only to Jevon Kearse’s 52 sacks since 1999 in the Titans Era.

“Something that I always lived on was- go out there and bust your tail, get after it!” exclaimed Casey. “I tried to do that as much as I could.”

And while Casey was vocal about being dissapointed when the Titans traded him to Denver in March of 2020, he since has patched things up with Genreal Manger Jon Robinson, and there’s nothing but respect between the two.

“I called up Jon (Robinson) a couple weeks ago, sat down and talked with him, and hashed out the differences we had. Not much differences, just more so my feelings. But they said not to worry about any of that and that I was a Titan for life,” said Casey.

When Casey was asked about some of his favorite moments as a Titan, he mentioned getting his first sack of Pittsburgh Steeler’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and being apart the the Titan’s great run, taking them to the AFC Championship game in 2019.

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