After a decade in the NFL, offensive lineman TJ Lang is stepping away from the gridiron.
The Lions tackle announced he was retiring Friday on Twitter in a lengthy post thanking Detroit as well as Green Bay, where he got his start in 2009.
“For the past 3,624 days I have woken up with one goal in mind – How can I be a better pro football player than I was yesterday?,” Lang wrote, in part. “Well, those days are now over. The only thing I ask myself today is how can I be a better husband, father, son, brother, friend. I will forever cherish the great times that I had playing this game.
“Thank you Green Bay Packers for taking a chance on a 21-year-old kid and giving me the opportunity and patience to grow into a man and reach my full potential as a football player. Thank you Detroit Lions for granting me a chance to finish my career in the place that I call home.”
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) March 29, 2019
Lang, 31, was selected by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. He spent eight seasons in Green Bay protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Lang, a member of the 2010 team that won Super Bowl 45, earned his first Pro Bowl appearance in his final season with the Packers. In 2017, he signed a three-year contract with the Lions. He started in 13 games as Detroit’s right guard in his first season — nearly 20 minutes from his hometown, Ferndale, Michigan — and got his second and final Pro Bowl nod.
Last season, Lang only started six games and missed three due to head, back, and neck injuries. He was finally placed on injured reserve in November.