Antrel Rolle, the former University of Miami star and three-time Pro Bowl safety, said he is hanging up his cleats for good.
He announced his retirement Monday on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.’’
“I’m done, yeah, I’m done,” said Rolle, 33, who has gone unsigned since ending last season on injured reserve with the Chicago Bears.
The Bears released him on May 1 after just one season of his three-year contract. He was battling knee and ankle issues.
“I’m at peace. I’m at total peace. You know, like I said, going out, you’re 33 years old going on injured reserve last year, that’s going to scare a lot of teams away. I understand how the business works, and I’m fine with that either way.”
Before last year’s injuries, he had missed just one game in eight years with the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants.
He finishes his career with 834 tackles, 26 interceptions, four sacks and eight forced fumbles. He won a Super Bowl with the Giants.
Rolle was born in Homestead and was a football and track standout at South Dade High School. He played at UM from 2001-04, and was a member of the 2001 National Championship team.
During his interview with NFL Network Monday, he was asked if he thinks that 2001 Hurricanes team is the best in college football history. His response? “Without a doubt. No disrespect to other teams, but I don’t think it’s a contest.”
He went on to rattle off the names of some of his teammates from that roster: Ed Reed, Clinton Portis, Sean Taylor, Ken Dorsey, Jeremy Shockey, Bryant McKinney, Greg Olsen, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Vince Wilfork. “The list goes on and on,” he said, smiling.