David Diehl retires from NFL

David Diehl has announced his retirement from the NFL.

“I kind of had the feeling that this would probably be the last one going into this season,” Diehl said. “Going into my 11th season, I wanted to make sure that I came back off of my (2012) knee injury to play the way I was capable of. But most importantly just to enjoy playing the game, enjoy being here.”

Diehl was drafted by the Giants and played with them for all 11 seasons of his career.

“To be drafted here and to be able to close out of career here over a decade later and to accomplish, not only what I’ve accomplished but more importantly to accomplish what we’ve accomplished as a football team,” he said. “I honestly can look back and hold my head high and walk away from this game knowing that I’ve left everything that I’ve got.”




6 comments
mrfurley
mrfurley

Too bad there aren't more players like David Diehl in this league.....He's gonna be missed

homerjay
homerjay

The Real Diehl; thanks for many years of trench warfare. A great Giant throughout. Hard to see him go but it's good he's going on his terms and before any serious, life altering injury. As mentioned previously if he's qualified I'd love to see him in the Giant organization for a long time to come.


Thanks David for a great career and a couple of rings along the way.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

One of my all time favorites.  Loved his fire, and loved how well he handled himself off the field, as far as  interviews and whatnot.


He will be missed.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

Great guy, great Giant. Diehl was a warrior. He was to the Giants as Paul O'Neill was to the Yankees. He was a "team-first" guy who gave everything he had. 


Giant fans can't ask anything more from a player. We wish him luck.

Richard George Novotny III
Richard George Novotny III

@SNYGiants Im Not going to pretend to know how coordinaters, assistants, and coachs are picked/groomed in the NFL (Aside from starting at Highschool/College level), but what're your thoughts of Diehl going into coaching?

AS a former linemen myself, that guys got to have tons of knowledge to pull off playing at 4/5 spots on the offensive line without crazy physical gifts.

If he doesn't do broadcasting (sny maybe?) maybe he returns in a couple of years.

spider43
spider43

@SNYGiants ....  Agreed. The last few years have been tough to watch him try to play at a high level, but at least he went out on his own terms instead of being shown the door. For at least 8 or 9 of his seasons, he was a very good offensive lineman, and the Giants should be so lucky to find another like him in the future. Maybe Pugh could be that, but I think the jury is still out on that one.