Rob Ninkovich Explains Decision To Retire: 'I Was Honest With Myself'

Rob Ninkovich Explains Decision To Retire: 'I Was Honest With Myself'

Ninkovich made the announcement Sunday afternoon at a news conference at Gillette Stadium.

After Ninkovich announced his retirement from the National Football League on Sunday, both Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft lauded the 33-year-old linebacker for an 11-year career that saw him win a pair of Super Bowls with the Patriots.

When the Patriots officially begin their title defense in early September they'll be without Rob Ninkovich. He recorded 8 sacks in three straight years from 2012-14, and played for the 2014 and 2016 Super Bowl teams.

Ninkovich entered the National Football League as a fifth-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 2006 out of Purdue. The former fifth round pick started his career as a defensive end with the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and spent the next two seasons with the Miami Dolphins as an outside linebacker. He also appeared in 17 playoff games, all with New England, making 16 starts, with 64 total tackles and six sacks. The scandals and cheating claims are numerous, although no one can deny that they have a great coach in Bill Belichick and that they have one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Tom Brady.




"It's been such a blessing and a heck of a run", Ninkovich said.

After Belichick was Robert Kraft who spoke about how important he was to the organization and became a fan favorite.

"I love it here, and I'm going to miss it". Hopefully my playing career has taught me a lot and playing for you I learned a tremendous amount. "Nick [Caserio] said 'There's a guy, Rob, he should be on a roster, he should be in a camp and he's available so let's get him.' Really, it's just history after that".

As Belichick said, "You can see the testament of everyone here, what Rob means to all of us". He said, "You have to be honest with yourself, when you go squat and are sore for a week, it's not a good thing".

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