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Dont'a Hightower retires from NFL after decade with Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Dont'a Hightower is making a quiet exit to a memorable career with the New England Patriots.

The veteran linebacker, who did not play last season, announced his retirement Tuesday in an essay posted on the Players' Tribune website.

It ends a decade-long run in New England that began with the Patriots selecting him 25th overall in the 2012 draft. It included three Super Bowl rings (2014, 2016, 2018) and a pair of Pro Bowl selections (2016, 2019). He also was named a second-team All-Pro in 2016.

AFC East Division
xy-Buffalo 1330.813
x-Miami 980.529
New England 890.471
New York 7100.412
Full Standings
Pass Yds: M. Jones2997
Pass TDs: M. Jones14
Rush Yds: R. Stevenson1040
Rush TDs: R. Stevenson5
Rec Yds: J. Meyers804
Rec TDs: J. Meyers6
Int: J. Jones4
Sacks: M. Judon15.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5348 (26)
Passing Yards: 3815 (21)
Rushing Yards: 1812 (24)
Points per game: 21.4 (17)
Yards per game: 314.6 (26)
Touchdowns: 31 (26)
Field Goals: 32 (8)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5474 (9)
Passing Yards: 4029 (18)
Rushing Yards: 1793 (7)
Points per game: 20.4 (10)
Yards per game: 322.0 (8)
Touchdowns: 35 (10)
Field Goals: 24 (6)
Date Player Transactions
3/21 J. Cardona re-signed/unrest FA Four-year contract (through 2026)
3/21 C. Davis re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2023)
3/18 C. Board signed/unrest FA
3/17 J. Mills cut
3/17 M. Gesicki signed/unrest FA
3/17 D. Ekuale re-signed/unrest FA
3/16 B. Hoyer cut
3/16 M. Wilson Sr. re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2023)
3/16 J. Smith-Schuster signed/unrest FA Three-year contract (through 2025)
3/15 J. Peppers re-signed Two-year extension (through 2024)
Date Player Status
1/8 J. Jones chest (Questionable)
1/8 J. Mills groin (Out)
1/8 B. Schooler hip (Questionable)
1/8 C. Anderson ankle (Out)
1/1 C. Anderson ankle (Out)
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