Haloti Ngata ended his career on a high note — literally.
The 35-year-old defensive tackle announced on Monday his retirement from the NFL on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania after successfully summiting the highest peak in Africa.
Ngata shared a photo of himself on Instagram proudly holding a banner that read, “I’m retiring from the NFL on top.”
Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I’m retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I’m holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I’ve gained along the way. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” Walking away with no regrets, just peace in knowing I gave it my all and had a helluva lot of fun doing it. 💪🏽 #kissestotheskyformomanddad @ravens @detroitlionsnfl @philadelphiaeagles
Ngata was accompanied by Eagles defensive end Chris Long and Waterboys, an organization founded by Long that partners NFL athletes and fans to provide clean water for communities in East Africa.
Long had tweeted a photo of himself on top of Mount Kilimanjaro last week.
What a trip. Thanks to @laflamablanca95 and the @waterboysorg I’ve crossed off a bucket list item. I’m so blessed and thankful for the opportunity to accomplish something so tough physically, mentally and spiritually. I love all the guys that participated in this trip and will always consider them brothers. We did this climb for a purpose and it is to bring awareness to the water problem in Africa. Please follow @waterboys and @laflamablanca95 to see what you can do to help. I’ll always be a part of this charity and foundation. And it has now become my mission to help. Thanks again my guy CLong. Much love brother. #africa #waterboys #tanzania #chrislongfoundation #veterans #proball #mountkilimanjaro #mtkili #godemperor #mafia #suckthatsweetair #hike #justawalk #justupthehill #nightwalk #heaviestmantoclimbmtkili
Thanks to The Chris Long Foundations and the Water Boys. I have the opportunity to use my platform for good. Please visit the link in my profile to donate. The picture with the bucket of water is what the school uses for water. Students walk about 500 yards to a river and get buckets for their classrooms. If water isn’t running in the river then they’ll go without. This year I’m with a team of players and retired veterans trying to raise money to put a well pump near this school for clean water. Water boys has funded 55 wells since 2015. Please help me to continue funding wells. Please visit the link in my profile to donate. #waterboys #conqueringkili #bigmanhiking #kilimanjaro #tanzania #chrislongfoundation #lotilovethekids #africa
Ngata was selected by the Ravens with the No. 12 overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft and remained in Baltimore until he was traded to Detroit in March 2015. After one year with the Lions, he signed a one-year deal with the Eagles last March.
He finished with 17 tackles, a sack and three quarterback hits over 13 games with Philadelphia in 2018.
In addition to five Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl 47 victory with the Ravens in 2013, Ngata was the only defensive tackle to record over 500 tackles, 30 sacks and four interceptions over his 13-year career.