BREAKING: Popular Super Bowl-Winning Running Back Announces His Retirement From The NFL

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An NFL running back has announced his retirement at the age of 33, opting to leave 10 years after he was drafted into the league.

Former University of Nebraska star Rex Burkhead is hanging up the cleats, taking to social media to reveal as much this Monday as he thanked everyone who has supported him throughout his career and those who have supported his charity.

“I’d like to all my friends, fans, and other family who have cheered me on throughout my career,” he wrote in a note shared to X. “From the days as a Plano Wildcat, Husker, Bengal, Patriot, and Texan you all have encouraged me every single day and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

“A special thanks to those who have continually supported the Team Jack Foundation and its mission to fight childhood brain cancer. Please visit to learn more.”

Burkhead was drafted by the Bengals in 2013 and remained with the team until 2016 when he joined the Patriots, where he played another four seasons and won a Super Bowl. He finished his career with the Houston Texans.

The 33-year-old rushed for 1,908 yards and 22 touchdowns, adding another 1,534 yards and nine touchdowns from the air during his NFL career.

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