Monday, Justin Tuck made the tough decision to walk away from the game of football just before he turned 33. In doing so, he leaves behind a team of players, coaches, and front office personnel who will greatly miss having his leadership presence.
These were the responses from his team following his announcement.
"Justin Tuck has been an invaluable part of the Raiders organization since the day he arrived here," General Manager Reggie McKenzie said. "Everyone in the building appreciates all that he has done both on and off the field. His leadership in the locker room and mentorship of young players like Khalil Mack is immeasurable. The Raiders wish him and his family the absolute best."
"Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field," Head Coach Jack Del Rio said. "His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best."
Derek Carr took to Twitter and Instagram to wish his teammate well.
And a guy who went head to head with Tuck in practice quite a bit over the past two seasons -- Menelik Watson.
JT...... Tell me it ain't so brother!!!! @JustinTuck you got a good 7 left in you big dog.— Menelik Watson (@MenelikWatson) February 1, 2016