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Ex-Patriots defensive back Steve Gregory retires at age 31

08.09.14 at 2:52 pm ET
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Steve Gregory announced his retirement from professional football Saturday.

The 31-year-old, who played eight seasons in the league, spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the Patriots. In 26 games in New England, he had 81 tackles and three interceptions. While with the Patriots, the veteran safety enjoyed the respect of his teammates, with several of his fellow defensive backs calling him one of the smartest players they had ever been around.

“€œIn the film room, when we’€™€™re in meetings, we’€™€™ll have something in the defense and we’€™€™re watching and Steve will say, ‘€˜€˜Why don’€™€™t we do this?’€™€™ We’€™€™ll all sit there and look at him and be like, ‘€˜€˜You’€™€™re right, that probably would be better.’€™€™ I think that’€™€™s what makes him so good,”€ Devin McCourty said of Gregory last January.

“When we’€™€™re preparing for games, he’€™€™s not only able to watch film and see things coming but he’€™€™s able to go to the coaches and say, ‘€˜€˜Why don’€™€™t we tweak this defense this way because it better fits what they do?’€™€™ I think it’€™€™s good, our coaches listen to everyone. Steve always has something each week we play that he sees and things we can do. That’€™€™s why we call him a future head coach.”

Below is the full text of Gregory’s statement, via his agent David Canter.

It is with tremendous respect, appreciation, and admiration for the game of football that I’ve decided to announce my retirement effective immediately. After enter the game as an undrafted free agent, I was fortunate enough to play twice as long as the average player. This past offseason, my wife Rosanne and I were blessed to welcome a daughter, Aviana, and spending time with her has changed my life’s perspective. It is my hope to continue in football as a coach and I look forward to what the future holds. I’m tremendously happy with my decision and being able to walk away from this great game both healthy and on my own terms. I would be remiss in announcing my retirement without thanking my great family, coaches, teammates, scouts, trainers, agent and all of the fans that have supported me along the way.

Thank you,
Steve Gregory

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