As per Dave Hutchinson of the Star Ledger, Giants’ OL David Diehl is expected to retire rather than continue his career with another club.
Diehl, an 11-year veteran, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming weeks as his body can no longer withstand the pounding in the NFL trenches. He’ll walk away as one of the most durable, toughest and versatile offensive linemen in Giants’ history.
John Fennelly, Lead WriterOne of my personal favorites and also one the best, dyed-in-the-wool true blue Giants of all time. Currently the longest-tenured Giant, all Diehl did was defy the odds as a fifth-round pick out of Illinois in 2003.
He started in all 16 games his rookie season, the first Giant since Mark Bavaro (1985) to do so. Diehl was the only player selected in the 2003 NFL Draft to start every game from 2003-09.
Diehl played in 164 games for the Giants, starting in 160 of those.
He was the Giants’ LT in both recent Super Bowl wins and was part of the historic line (along with Shaun O’Hara, Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert and Chris Snee) that started 38 consecutive regular season games from 2007-09, then the longest such streak by five linemen since the 1970 NFL merger.
Chris Snee, the only other lineman from that group that is still on the roster, may also retire this offeseason, officially marking the end of an era in Giants’ history.