Four NFL Stars Hang Up Their Cleats

By Nicklas Grifhorst
Shield Staff



The NFL will look a lot different next season after the retirement of four superstars. Following the 2015-2016 season, Charles Woodson, Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch and Calvin Johnson have all decided to hang up their cleats. All four players have had phenomenal careers in the NFL and will leave large holes to fill at their positions.

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning finished his record-breaking career with a story-book ending, winning his second Super Bowl of his career, as he lead the Denver Broncos to the title. Manning will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, with many records to his name. Manning also holds two of the most prestigious records of all time, with most passing yards and most passing touchdowns in a career.

Marshawn Lynch

While Marshawn Lynch may not have the records that Manning does, he has still left a lasting memory on and off the field. Lynch was one of the key pieces to a Seattle Seahawks team that made back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, winning one. Never one for interviews, Marshawn Lynch coined the phrase, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” He is one of the most entertaining players the NFL has ever had.

Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson will go down as one of the greatest defensive backs to ever play the game. A Heisman Trophy winner in college at the University of Michigan, he became an instant star in the NFL. Woodson was always an imposing presence on defense with 65 interceptions over his 19-year career.

Calvin Johnson

Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson shocked many when he decided to retire this off-season. At the age of 30, Johnson was still one of the most dominating receivers in the league. Amassing 11,619 receiving yards over his nine-year career, Johnson scorched defenses and became one of the best receivers in NFL history. This will be a large hole for the Lions to fill heading into next season.

All Four Players Left Mark on NFL

All of these players have left their mark on the league and have changed the game of football. All four will have a chance to enter the hall of fame in the coming years. While it is sad to see their careers end, they provided endless entertainment for the fans of their teams.