Veteran linebacker Pat Angerer has decided to end his NFL playing career, announcing his decision this morning via Twitter. In his statement, Angerer indicates that he wants to be able to “walk away while [he’s] still able to give [his] wife and kids the man they deserve.”
“I have given this sport all I got,” Angerer said. “It wouldn’t be fair to the game, the team, my family, and my name to continue along this path any longer. It’s time to get healthy. … I had a lot of fun and I’ve been extremely fortunate. I’m excited about whatever the future entails.”
Angerer, 27, was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Colts, and spent four seasons in Indianapolis. During that stretch, he appeared in 54 games for the team, starting 39. In total, Angerer accumulated 317 tackles, four forced fumbles, a pair of interceptions, and 2.5 sacks.
The Iowa alum signed with the Falcons this past summer, but failed to earn a spot on the club’s 53-man roster, becoming a roster casualty during cutdowns at the end of August. Since then, Angerer has worked out for the Rams, Jets, Saints, and Lions, but didn’t sign another contract, and has now opted to end his NFL career rather than continuing to look for a new team.