Just 10 days ago, FanSided editor Josh Hill reported that long-time New York Giants offensive tackle David Diehl was expected to announce his retirement. Today, the 33 year old 2003 fifth round draft pick out of the University of Illinois is officially walking away from the game.
Diehl spent his entire NFL career with the New York Giants and won two Super Bowls while protecting starting quarterbacks Kerry Collins, Jesse Palmer, Kurt Warning, Curtis Painter and Eli Manning. He was able to make the Pro Bowl one time in his career in 2009.
As a rookie, Diehl started all 16 games at right tackle, becoming the first New York Giants rookie to do so since Mark Bavaro back in 1985. Long time ago. He was the only rookie in 2003 to start each game at the same position that year. In 2005, Diehl jumped to left tackle for 15 games while Tiki Barber rushed for 1,860 yards.
The injury bug hit him starting in 2010 where he tore his hamstring and suffered a dislocated hip. He underwent surgery in August to repair his right thumb. This year the offensive line took a huge hit as the team found themselves in a win-less skid to start off the year.
He finished the year with 11 games played, a career low.
Best of luck to David Diehl and whatever he decides to do now that he’s officially ended his professional football career.