Quarterback Trent Dilfer, who helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl in the 2000 season and played the last of his 13 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers
The former Fresno State player said a recent injury to his Achilles' tendon helped him make up his mind.
"I was going to retire anyway. This just gives clarity to the situation," Dilfer, 36, told reporters on a conference call in Stateline, Nev., promoting the 19th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, which begins tomorrow at Lake Tahoe.
Dilfer completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 20,518 yards in his career. He threw 113 touchdown passes and 129 interceptions.
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In 2000, Dilfer replaced Tony Banks as the Ravens' starter at midseason, going 11-1 as the team beat the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
In his first start, he ended the team's three-game losing streak and its 21-quarter touchdown drought with a pass to Brandon Stokley in a 27-7 road win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dilfer struggled with accuracy at times that season. He threw for 1,502 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
"We all know I'm not Joe Montana," Dilfer said after the Ravens' 34-7 title win over the Giants. "But we'll recognize that for an eight-month period, we did something pretty special."
In the offseason, the Ravens signed Elvis Grbac, a Pro Bowl quarterback, instead of Dilfer, who became the only quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and lose his starting job before the next season.
Dilfer expressed his displeasure with the decision over the years, directing most of his anger toward then-coach Brian Billick before apologizing to him last year. He still disagrees with the decision but is content to blame the Ravens organization instead of Billick.
After winning the Super Bowl, Dilfer bounced from Seattle (2001-2004) to Cleveland (2005) to San Francisco.
Thank you, Trent. You weren't the greatest of all quarterbacks, but after dealing with Elvis Grbac and Kyle Boller, we really learned to appreciate you.