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Stephen Tulloch retires after 11 years in the NFL

Happy trails, Tully.

NFL: Preaseason-New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

To the surprise of none, Stephen Tulloch, 32, is retiring after spending 11 years in the National Football League. The Detroit Lions officially announced the news on Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Tulloch last summer following a preseason injury to rookie linebacker Joe Walker. The veteran linebacker only played 69 defensive snaps while nicely serving as a backup to Jordan Hicks. Tulloch had seven tackles in 12 games played.

A key factor in the Eagles signing Tulloch, of course, was his connection to Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. The two spent time together in Tennessee before Schwartz became head coach in Detroit. Tulloch left the Titans to sign with the Lions in 2011.

Tulloch didn’t make much of an impact with the Eagles but he had a productive NFL career. The 2006 fourth-round pick played in 157 games (112 starts) and had 677 tackles, 27 interceptions, and 14.5 sacks. Tulloch has also always been known for his great charity work off the field.

We didn’t know him for too long, but here’s wishing Tully all the best in retirement.


Side note: With Tulloch retired, Bryan Braman is the only remaining unsigned Eagles free agent.

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