Brandon Stokley to retire after 2013 NFL season is over

Brandon Stokley announced he'll retire from the NFL. - Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

After 15 seasons in the NFL, Stokley will retire once this year is in the books.

Brandon Stokley's 15-year NFL career will come to an end once the 2013 season is over.

In an interview with the Denver Post, Stokley announced he will retire once this season is in the books. As a free agent, Stokley signed with the Ravens, with injuries slowing him throughout the season.

Groin and concussion issues limited Stokley to just 13 receptions for 115 yards.

"I'm glad I played this year because now I know I'm done," Stokley told the Denver Post. "Had I not played this year, I would have always felt I could have kept playing. I still know I can play, but my body just can't go through it anymore."

In the interview, Stokley also joked about how no receiver has been able to have the longevity he's had, only to catch a fraction of passes others have had in the same duration.

In 15 years, Stokley caught 397 passes for 5,339 yards and 39 touchdowns.

In addition to the Ravens, Stokley had stints with the Colts, Broncos, Seahawks and Giants. His best NFL season came in 2004 with the Colts, when Stokley caught 68 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Stokley began his career with the Ravens after the organization drafted him in the fourth round in 1999. In Super Bowl XXXV, Stokley caught a 38-yard touchdown to begin Baltimore's rout over the Giants.




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