Quarterback Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals waves to fans as he walks off the field after the game on November 2, 2008 at the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Arizona Cardinals defeated the St. Louis Rams 34-13.
Kevin Mawae — SEA (1994-97) NYJ (1998-2005) TEN (2006-09)
A rock at one of the NFL's most grueling positions, Mawae played in 14 or more games along the offensive line in all but one of his 16 NFL seasons. An eight time Pro Bowl selection, and three time All-Pro selection, Mawae also made the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000s. On March 19, 2008, Mawae was named the NFLPA President, a title he still held upon his retirement.
Glen Coffee — SF (2009)
Coffee's reasons for retirement are still unknown, and it's especially surprising since he only totaled 226 yards and one touchdown on the ground in one season with the 49ers.
Aaron Schobel — BUF (2001-09)
Schobel was best known for making two straight Pro Bowls in 2006 and 2007. He registered 78 sacks and just under 500 total tackles in his career.
Derrick Brooks — TB (1995-2008)
Derrick Brooks won a Super Bowl and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. He hasn't played in the league since his release from Tampa Bay in 2008.
Kurt Warner — STL (1998-2003), NYG (2004), ARI (2005-09)
There may have been better QBs in the league during Warner's 12 years, but when it came to the playoffs, there was never anyone who could match his numbers. The two-time league MVP and four-time Pro Bowler went to three Super Bowls and holds the top three spots when it comes to passing yardage in the big game. That's an astounding stat. He won the Super Bowl in his record-setting MVP season in 1999 and will surely end his days enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Zach Thomas — MIA (1996-2007), DAL (2008)
Seven Pro Bowl berths. Five All-Pro first-team nominations. Not bad for a fifth-round draft pick. Thomas was the heart and soul of the Miami Dolphins' defense for over a decade, starting from the year he entered the NFL in 1996, before finishing his career with Dallas in 2008. Thomas signed a one-day contract with the Dolphins on May 20, 2010, and officially announced his retirement from football the same day.
Walter Jones — SEA (1997-2008)
There weren't many offensive linemen in the history of the NFL more dominant than Jones, who ruled at left tackle for Seattle for 12 years. In that time he went to nine straight Pro Bowls while missing only 12 games, before injuries forced him to sit out the 2009 season. Former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren recently called Jones the best offensive player he's ever coached.
Junior Seau — SD (1990-2002), MIA (2003-05), NE (2006-09)
After Mike Singletary's retirement, no player dominated the linebacker position with as much flair as Seau did for his 20 years in the league. He was a 12-time Pro Bowler who registered over 1,500 tackles in his career. The one thing that will haunt him, though, is his lack of a Super Bowl title. He played in the big game twice but lost both times (1995 and 2008).
Isaac Bruce — LA/STL (1994-2007), SF (2008-2009), STL (2010)
Sure, he played the last couple seasons in San Fran, but after signing a one-day deal with St. Louis, Isaac Bruce will retire with the team with which he most belongs: the Rams. In 14 years with them, Bruce amassed 942 catches for 14,109 yards and 84 touchdowns. Add the Niners stats to that and he'll retire fifth on the NFL's all-time receptions list, with 1,024 over a stellar 16-year career that included four Pro Bowl appearances.
Bertrand Berry — IND (1997-99), DEN (2001-03), ARI (2004-09)
Berry caused havoc for NFL quarterbacks during his 13 years in the league, registering 65 career sacks despite missing the equivalent of three seasons to injury and contract disputes. His best season was his first in Arizona in 2005, when he went to the Pro Bowl after a career-high 14.5 sacks.
Tra Thomas — PHI (1998-08), JAC (2009)
Offensive tackle Tra Thomas signed with the Chargers this past June, but had knee surgery early in August and will not play for the club after announcing his retirement from the game recently. Player sources said Thomas didn’t seem like he could make it through a 16-game regular season, so he decided not to continue. The three-time Pro Bowler joined the Chargers after 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (1998-08) and one year with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009).
Jeff Feagles — NE (1998-99), PHI (1990-93), ARI (1994-97), SEA (1998-2002), NYG (2003-09)
He was the oldest player in the NFL last season at 43. The most amazing thing about that? He never missed a single game his entire career. Even as a punter, Feagles has a mark of 352 consecutive games over 22 years that'll likely never be broken. Known as arguably the best directional punter of this era, he has the most career punts and punting yards in the history of the NFL, went to a pair of Pro Bowls and won his first Super Bowl in 2008 with the Giants.
Muhsin Muhammed — CAR (1996-2004), CHI (2005-07), CAR (2008-09)
Muhsin Muhammed, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, spent 11 of his 14 NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
Deuce McAllister — NO (2001-08)
Deuce was the toast of New Orleans since the day he was drafted in the first round in 2001. The two-time Pro Bowler and four-time 1,000-yard rusher suffered two devastating knee injuries (one to each knee) in 2005 and again in 2007. It cost him a total of 24 games during those two seasons and all of 2009. The team signed him again late last season, but he never got into a game. He did, however, collect a Super Bowl ring for his troubles while being a Superdome sideline cheerleader.
Jason Elam — DEN (1993-2007), ATL (2008-09)
All Elam did in his 17 seasons in the NFL was win two Super Bowls, go to three Pro Bowls, score 100 points or more in 16 straight seasons and match the record for the league's longest field goal (63 yards, 1998). Not too shabby, eh?
Antonio Pierce — WAS (2001-04), NYG (2005-09)
Signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2001, Pierce moved to the Giants in 2005 and played a huge role - 11 total tackles - in New York's Super Bowl upset of the previously undefeated Patriots in 2008. He is now set to become a television analyst beginning in the 2010 season.
Chris Samuels — WAS (2000-09)
One of the league's most dominant left tackles played only 10 seasons in the NFL, but the overall No. 3 draft pick in 2000 made as much as he could out of that time, being selected to six Pro Bowls and missing just eight games before a neck injury cut his 2009 season in half.
Patrick Kerney — ATL (1999-2006), SEA (2007-09)
Kerney made two Pro Bowls in his 11 seasons as one of football's most fierce defensive linemen. His 82.5 sacks and eight interceptions attest to that. His best years were with the Falcons, but he was solid as a Seahawk the last three seasons as well before injuries finally got the best of him.
Jason Ferguson — NYJ (1997–2004), DAL (2005–07), MIA (2008–10)
Ferguson wasn't a dominant player, although he certainly outperformed whatever expectations teams may have had when he fell all the way to the seventh round of the 1997 draft. His overall numbers weren't bad, but unfortunately, he may be more remembered for facing disciplinary actions for taking steroids than his production on the field.
Eddie Kennison — STL (1996-98), NO (1999), CHI (2000), DEN (2001), KC (2001-07), STL (2008)
Eddie Kennison was drafted 18th overall in the 1996 draft by Rams, which is where he began and ended his playing career. He somewhat controversially left the Broncos in 2001, claiming to have lost love for the game. Then he had a change of heart and signed with the Chiefs less than a month later, much to the chagrin of Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. Kennison signed a one-day deal with the Chiefs so he could retire as a member of the team.
Ryan Tucker — STL (1997-2001), CLE (2002-08)
The left guard for the Browns dealt with injuries throughout his 12 years in the league, having played in just one game since the 2007 season. He finally called it quits after deciding it wasn't worth it to rehab yet again.
Ike Hilliard — NYG (1997-2004), TB (2005-09)
In his 13 seasons in the NFL, Hilliard put up more than 6,000 yards receiving on 546 catches for both the Giants and Buccaneers. His best year was 1999, his third in the league, when he came just a hair shy of 1,000 yards (996) while catching a career-best 72 balls. The 14 TDs he scored over the next two seasons were the best stretch he put together as a pro. He was able to play in one Super Bowl after the 2000 season, but the Giants would go on to lose that game to the Baltimore Ravens.
Craig Hentrich — GB (1994-97), TEN (1998-2009)
He had one of the most powerful legs in the NFL for the 16 years he split between Green Bay and Tennessee. The two-time Pro Bowler had missed just one game his whole career before being placed on the IR with a calf injury after Week 2 last season. Hentrich was the last remaining player on the Titans from their 1999 Super Bowl team.
David Tyree — NYG (2003-08), BAL (2009)
Tyree didn't have a spectacular career by any means, but he sure had a spectacular game at the most spectacular time. It was Tyree's miracle "stuck to his helmet" catch that kept the Giants' fourth quarter drive alive in Super Bowl 42, paving the way for their winning touchdown with less than a minute to play. He also had a five-yard touchdown earlier in the game, ending it with three catches for 43 yards and a score. He'd had only four grabs for 35 yards and no TDs the entire season leading up to that. He'd retire from football with just 54 regular season receptions for 650 yards and four trips to the end zone, but fans in New York will always remember him for "The Catch."
Casey Fitzsimmons — DET (2003-09)
The 29-year-old tight end caught 88 passes and five touchdowns in his seven-year career with the Lions. His rookie season was his best, with 23 receptions and a pair of scores, but he became expendable after the team drafted Brandon Pettigrew last year.
Mike Schneck — PIT (1999-2004), BUF (2005-06), ATL (2007-09)
You may not know it, but Schneck's a former All-Pro (as a long snapper for the Bills in 2005). The 10-year veteran missed just eight games in his career before having to sit all last season (his third with the Falcons) with cracked ribs.