Lance Moore is retiring from his career as an NFL receiver.
"Veteran wide receiver Lance Moore has announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons in the NFL," the Falcons posted on their website.
Moore signed with the Falcons last week. He was considered a long shot to make the roster in Atlanta.
Eight of his ten seasons were played in New Orleans, where he won a Super Bowl with the Saints. With the Saints, he had 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns off 346 catches.
"The undrafted pass-catcher out of Toledo joined the Saints in 2006 after spending his rookie season as a free-agent addition with the Browns. Over the past two seasons, Moore operated as a role player for the Steelers and Lions before signing with the Falcons last week," NFL.com says. "Moore enjoyed the kind of career plenty of NFL players would be thrilled with: 10-plus seasons, a highlight reel of big plays, a Super Bowl ring and the chance to team with one of the game's finest quarterbacks in Brees. Moore has plenty to look back on."
Moore released the following on social media:
"After much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I have made the decision to retire from The National Football League. After 11 amazing seasons, I am beyond thankful for all of the opportunities that football has given me. I want to thank the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and last but not least the New Orleans Saints. Thank you to all of my former coaches and teammates that made going to work each and every day so enjoyable. I also want to thank all of my family, friends and fans for their amazing support. It's because of you that I was able to play for so long, and you will all always have a special place in my heart. I've dedicated more than twenty years of my life to this sport and I always prided myself in playing for the right reasons and respecting the game. At this point if I were to continue to play I would no longer be doing that. The joy that I had for playing the game was shown each and every time I took the field and your reaction to my efforts allowed me to know that I was able to have an impact on and make so many people happy. I will forever be grateful to all of you. While I still love the game of football, I love the game differently now. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family as well as exploring other opportunities and moving into the next phase of my life. To my former teammates who are still lacing them up good luck and continue to pour your heart into the game. And to my now fellow former players I look forward to joining you in retirement. Few people are able to leave this game on their own terms, and I'm proud that I've been able to make this tough decision and move on with my life. Thank you all so much and God bless!"
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