Clint Boling is calling it a career.
The Bengals guard on Monday announced his retirement from the NFL after spending eight seasons in Cincinnati.
Boling had missed all of the team’s offseason workouts due to a blood clot and cited his health as the reason for hanging his helmet.
NEWS: G Clint Boling announces his retirement from the NFL.@cboling60 was a 2011 4th Rd #Bengals Draft selection (101st overall) out of the University of Georgia. He appeared in 114 career games with 112 starts.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) July 15, 2019
“After eight years in the NFL, it is time for me to step away from the game due to medical reasons,” Boling said in a statement. “This is not an easy decision, but it is the right one for me, my wife Kelly and our two young girls. I want to thank the Brown family for giving me the opportunity to play my entire career with the Bengals. I also want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and everyone who has supported me throughout my career.”
According to ESPN, the blood clot was discovered shortly after last season ended.
Clint Boling said his decision to retire stemmed from a blood clot in his leg that was discovered a few days after the season and required him to go to the hospital. More on that later, it if it wasn’t for that, he has no doubt he’d be playing this year.
— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) July 15, 2019
Boling, who turned 30 this offseason, was selected out of Georgia by the Bengals in the fourth round of the 2011 draft and had served as the team’s primary left guard since 2012. He leaves with one year remaining on the five-year deal he signed in 2015.
“Clint is a first-rate person, someone we all counted on and looked up to,” Bengals president Mike Brown said. “As a lineman, he never got the credit he deserved. That is often the case with good players who do their jobs well, but around the team, he was highly respected and appreciated beyond his playing abilities.”
Boling appeared in 114 career games (including playoffs) with 112 starts, including all 16 in each of the last two seasons.