Due to chronic knee problems, veteran safety Chris Maragos announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.
On his personal Twitter account, Maragos typed a heartfelt thank you to fans, coaches, and teammates while also addressing his hometown of Racine, WI.
Maragos, 32, went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2010 and initially started his NFL career as a member of the 49ers, appearing in three games as a rookie. Following the arrival of coach Jim Harbaugh and several new safeties, he was released the following September.
Shortly after his departure from San Francisco, Maragos signed with Seattle's practice squad, eventually earning a promotion to the active roster in October 2011. Respected by general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll for his work ethic and attitude, he quickly endeared himself to the fan base as a popular special teams standout and helped the team win its first Super Bowl in 2013.
In three seasons with the Seahawks, Maragos earned "Special Teams Player of the Week" honors multiple times and recorded 35 tackles and two fumble recoveries in 43 games.
On the heels of Seattle's victory over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, Maragos signed a three-year, $4 million deal with Philadelphia prior to the 2014 season. He played in 53 games over four seasons with the Eagles before suffering a season-ending knee injury midway through the 2017 season.
Despite being sidelined by injury and unable to participate, Maragos received his second Super Bowl ring as Philadelphia beat New England in Super Bowl LII. Unable to turn the corner following knee surgery, he remained on the physically unable to perform list throughout the 2018 season and was released by the Eagles in February.
For his career, Maragos appeared in 99 games over eight seasons, finishing with 66 tackles and two tackles for loss.