Brandon Stokley retires

Nov 28, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley (80) is chased down after his catch by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer - USA TODAY Sports

Nov 28, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley (80) is chased down after his catch by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer – USA TODAY Sports

Veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley is calling it quits after 15 NFL seasons.

Stokley spent this season with the Baltimore Ravens, but hasn’t played since a 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on December 8. He suffered a concussion in that game was placed on injured reserve. It is believed to be his 13th concussion.

“I’m glad I played this year because now I know I’m done,” Stokley said Thursday in the living room of his Castle Rock home via Mike Klis of 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.”

Stokley spent his first four seasons in Baltimore before joining the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos (twice), Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants.

Stokley, who is best known for his run with the Peyton Manning and the Colts, has been a part of two Super Bowl winning teams.

“I think Brandon is the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Manning told Klis. “He’s a guy you want on your team in your corner. Fifteen years as a slot receiver in the NFL, going across the middle, taking hits, it’s almost unheard of.”

Over his career, Stokley caught 397 passes for 5,339 yards and 39 touchdowns.

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