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Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck officially announced Monday he is retiring from football.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Today, Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck announced he is retiring from football. He made it official via Twitter and facebook. Here is his statment:

After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I've had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets.

I'm thankful to my family and close friends for their unwavering support. My beautiful wife and kids have dedicated their lives to being my closest support system and I'm eternally grateful.

I want to thank the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders for giving me a place I could call home all of these years. The Mara, Tisch, and Davis families, I'm forever in your debt. To my coaches: thanks for having me ready at every stage - the Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, you name it - thank you for teaching me about professionalism, preparation, and the pursuit of perfection. To my teammates: thank you for always going to battle with me each and every gameday, but more importantly, thanks for being my brothers for life.

And lastly, the FANS. What an incredible environment you've created for me over the years to call a workplace. You all have been so supportive of me and my family, and without you I would have no game to play. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

This isn't a good-bye, my family and I will continue our charitable work with Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy and we look forward to continuing to give back to communities that have given so much to us. God Bless.

Tuck was set to become a free agent this offseason. He had signed a 2-year deal with the Raiders in the 2014 offseason after spending the first nine years of his career with the New York Giants, where he won two Super Bowl rings.

The Raiders' sack leader (5.0) in 2014, Tuck suffered a shoulder injury in week five and was lost for the rest of the season. He was named the Raiders' Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee for last season and remained a team leader though he wasn't on the field for the final 13 weeks of the season.