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Former Texans LB Whitney Mercilus decides to retire following 10 NFL seasons

Former Texans LB Whitney Mercilus decides to retire following 10 NFL seasons

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Apr 07
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Former Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers linebacker Whitney Mercilus decided to retire after a decade in the league on Wednesday via a video posted to Instagram. The 31-year-old said that he wanted to spend more time with his family and contribute more to people with disabilities.

“I’ve decided that I’m hanging up the cleats. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life. What really means a lot to me is spending more quality time with family,” Mercilus said in the video.

He expressed his gratitude and love for everybody that has been very helpful during his time in the NFL.

“Guys, don’t be sad. I’m happy, you should be happy,” Mercilus continued. “We should all be wearing a smile as well, too, because No Merci doesn’t just stop on the field, but it happens off the field as well, too. I hope you’re not as sad because you’ve got No Merci within you, too. I love you all and I just want to say that No Merci is signing out. Cheers. I love you all.”

The former Illinois Fighting Illini LB was selected by the Texans in the first round (26th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Mercilus only left Houston once the team decided to rebuild. He was released in October 2021 and right after got signed by the Green Bay Packers.

Mercilus recorded 345 tackles, 57 sacks and had 13 forced fumbles in his career. The Ohio native played in 134 games throughout his career and made 102 starts in Houston.

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