(The Sports Xchange/CBS) – It turns out Super Bowl 50 was the final game for a well-known NFL veteran.
No, not Peyton Manning! (Well maybe … Manning hasn’t made any announcements yet on his future in the league.)
Jared Allen, ninth all-time on the all-time quarterback sack list, announced his retirement on horseback with a video posted to his Twitter feed Thursday morning.
Allen, who played in the Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers earlier this month, is mounted on a horse and wearing a cowboy hat as the video begins.
“Well, everyone, I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career. This is the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset. But seeing as how there is no sunset, I’m just going to ride off,” Allen said with a wave before turning his steed into a snow-covered plain.
Riding off into the sunset pic.twitter.com/wZXovseGKS— Jared Allen (@JaredAllen69) February 18, 2016
Allen was a fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs and played for the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. The Panthers acquired Allen via trade from the Bears in October 2015.
Allen, 33, has 136 career sacks in 643 games.