NFL player Danieal Manning has reportedly decided to retire from the league after nine seasons.
— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) July 14, 2015
The 32-year-old Houston Texans safety confirmed the news during an appearance on Texans Radio Tuesday afternoon, according to the team’s official website.
“I decided I’m going to hang the cleats up. I’m officially retiring.”
Manning was clearly nowhere near the end of his rope when it came to his potential for future greatness in the league. However, Manning made it clear that it was not very hard to make the decision to leave the league behind now — especially after taking the time to reflect on what he’s accomplished over the years.
“I didn’t lose any sleep about it. I looked back and I enjoyed the moments I had. I thank God every day that I was able to live a fantasy and make it a reality.”
Danieal Manning does not have any Super Bowl wins on his record, but his list of accomplishments and accolades is still pretty impressive, according to his official NFL record. Out of the 51 games that Danieal Manning wore a Texans jersey, he started in 40 of them. Throughout his career, Manning turned 11 of the opposing quarterback’s passes into interceptions and added hundreds of tackles to his career total.
If you had “Danieal” in the “Which Manning Retires First” pool, you win. And you’re a damn liar.
— Big Head Sports (@BigHeadSports) July 14, 2015
Danieal Manning retires: “I’ve seen people retire.I’ve heard about it,but 2hear myself say I think I’m going to retire, I have 2deal w/that” — Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 14, 2015
Danieal Manning was first selected by the Chicago Bears as a second round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
He signed his first contract with the Houston Texans — a 4-year, $20 million deal — with the Texans in July 2011. However, he was released from that contract in March 2014.
Within just a few days of being released from the Texans, Danieal Manning signed a one-year contract to play for the Cincinnati Bengals.
However, he was right back with the Houston Texans in September 2014 — ready to play what essentially would become his final season in the NFL before announcing his retirement.
Danieal Manning plans to go back to school and finish his degree in addition to serving as a Texans Ambassador in the fall. According to the Texans website, he also would like to become a high school football coach at some point in the future.
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