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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Poluszny retires from NFL

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Poluszny has announced his retirement after eleven seasons. Poluszny has been with Jacksonville since 2011. He was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after recording a career high 122 tackles. Poluszny also had 2 interceptions and three sacks that season. The decision to retire stems from deteriorating ability and wanting to spend more time with his family. A crop of younger players on the team was pushing for more playing time.

Poluszny was a second-round pick out of Penn State. The two-time Chuck Bednarik award winner racked up 372 tackles (school record) for the Nittany Lions. He joins LaVar Arrington as the only Penn State players to win both the Bednarik and Dick Butkus awards. Poluszny was also named to the All-American team in the 2005 and 2006 college football seasons.

Jacksonville finished second defensively in the NFL in 2017. As a middle linebacker, Poluszny helped the Jaguars allow a NFL-leading 170 passing yards per game. Jacksonville fielded on of the best linebacker units in the league with Poluszny, Telvin Smith, and Myles Jack. Donald Brown is the possible replacement at middle linebacker with Poluszny’s departure.