Former Ute Eric Weddle retires after 13 seasons in the NFL

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SALT LAKE CITY — Six-time Pro-Bowl safety Eric Weddle announced his retirement from the NFL Thursday after 13 seasons.

"It’s been real," Weddle said in a tweet Thursday afternoon. "Teammates, coaches and others I love y’all. We had a great run."

He followed the text with a list of career accomplishments.

Others around the NFL were quick to respond to the news, including several teammates. Rams quarterback Jared Goff called Weddle a legend, while Rams tight end Tyler Higbee said: "It was an honor to be your teammate and share the same field! Respect to the legend and congrats on a great career."

Weddle, who was an All-American for the University of Utah, played for three teams in his NFL career, the bulk of which came with the Los Angeles Chargers, most of which when they were formerly in San Diego. The Chargers were located a couple hours south from Weddle’s hometown of Alta Loma, which gave him the opportunity to play for the team he grew up supporting when they drafted him in the second round in 2007.

He earned the reputation as an iron man, having started all 16 games on his team’s schedule in 10 times; he never played in fewer than 13 games in a season. His career numbers include 29 interceptions, with his career high of seven in 2011.

After a falling out with the Chargers, Weddle signed a four-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 for $26 million where he recorded three remarkable seasons. He recorded 220 tackles, 10 interceptions and three forced fumbles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl each of those years.

With the addition of nine postseason games, Weddle played in an impressive 210 games and recorded 1,235 total tackles while scoring five defensive touchdowns.

Weddle had signed a two-year contract to return to Southern California to play for the Rams in 2019. He was due to earn $4.25 million next season had he remained on the roster. He earned just under $71 million in 13 seasons, according to Spotrac, which tracks NFL salaries.

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