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This Pro Bowl defensive lineman — and Miami Jackson grad — announces his NFL retirement

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, center, is tackled by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, left, and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, right, during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, center, is tackled by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, left, and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, right, during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. AP

Defensive lineman and Miami native Elvis Dumervil announced Thursday on Twitter that he is retiring from the NFL after 12 seasons.

Dumervil, 34, penned a seven-paragraph note on his social media account, thanking those who helped him during his time in the league and the fans for “bringing that loud support every single week.”

“My body still feels great, and I know I can still help a team win,” Dumervil wrote. “I will miss being on the field, particularly on Sundays. But I also have a wife and two young children who need me and a real estate business that I can now turn my attention to full-time.

“Football was certianly a huge part of my life but it wasn’t my entire life. I look forward to my next chapter with no regrets.”

Dumervil, a fourth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Louisville, finished his career with 365 tackles, 105.5 sacks, 23 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and an interception. He led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009. He played stints with the Broncos (2006-2012), the Baltimore Ravens (2013-2016) and the San Francisco 49ers (2017).

But before that, Dumervil was a standout at Miami Jackson High. During his preps career, he recorded 78 sacks.

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