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Veteran OL Dan Connolly says he will retire

07.16.15 at 9:03 am ET
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Veteran offensive lineman Dan Connolly said he will retire in an interview with ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

The 32-year-old played eight seasons in the league, the last seven with the Patriots after being an undrafted free agent. Connolly was a captain on the Super Bowl winning team this past season. He was a free agent and there was some thought he could return to the team, but Connolly wanted to leave the game healthy.

“It’s important to me to leave the game healthy,” Connolly said to Reiss. “I’m able to be here for my kids and walk away on my own terms. I feel like I got everything I could out of football in playing 10 years, winning a Super Bowl, and playing alongside some truly great players.”

Connolly won his first Super Bowl this past season and said that was a factor in retiring.

“It definitely played a part in it; helped me sleep better. I’m more at ease with the decision,” Connolly said.

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