After days of speculation, due to his lack of presence at the first few days of training camp, New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich officially announced his retirement, Sunday night. 


To honor the two-time Super Bowl champion's announcement, the team held a press conference, following their morning practice. Head coach Bill Belichick and Owner Robert Kraft both spoke, praising Ninkovich for his service with the team, as many of his former teammates looked on from the crowd.

 

The team also played a highlight video, showing off some of the 12-year veterans best moments as a member of the Patriots.

After being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and cut by multiple teams, Ninkovich joined New England in 2009 and worked his way up the depth chart. Eventually, he became a key member of the team's defense, working both from the traditional linebacker spot and from the end for eight season with the Pats.

In 130 career games, 123 of which came as a member of the Patriots, Ninkovich recorded 460 tackles, 46 sacks (all in New England), five interceptions, 24 passes defensed and 27 run stuffs.

Ninkovich played in 16 postseason games with the Pats, including three super bowls with two wins.