Former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny announces retirement

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny warms up for the AFC Divisional Round Playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday Jan. 14 2018. Barry Reeger | Special to PennLive

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny warms up for the AFC Divisional Round Playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday Jan. 14 2018. Barry Reeger | Special to PennLive

After 11 National Football League seasons and more than 1,000 career tackles, Penn State legend Paul Posluszny is finally hanging up his cleats.

Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, the second-leading tackler in franchise history, announced his retirement Tuesday.

"I would like to offer my deepest thanks to the Pennsylvania State University, and the entire Nittany Lion family".

Posluszny's 973 tackles with the Jaguars trail only Daryl Smith (1,089) in the team record book. "Playing football for the legendary Coach Joe Paterno provided me with a priceless education and wonderful memories", Posluszny wrote. I formed lasting friendships with my college roommates; played with outstanding men like Sean Lee, Dan Connor, Tim Shaw and Michael Robinson; practiced the game of football with elite coaches like Tom Bradley and Ron Vanderlinden; and most importantly, learned that just being a football player was never going to be good enough.

Posluszny was drafted by Buffalo in 2007 after earning All-American honors and the Chuck Bednarik award in 2005 and 2006, along with the Dick Butkus award in 2005, with the Lions. He played the final seven years of his 11-season career with the Jaguars and led the team in tackles five times, according to our Florida Times-Union news partner.

Posluszny made the playoffs for the first time in his career in 2017, facing the Bills in his first playoff game. "I anxiously look forward to next football season to arrive, but this time with the sole focus of being a great husband and father for my loving family".

One of the best players in Beaver County and the WPIAL has played his last football game.

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