Dallas Cowboys Canadian defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford retires from the NFL

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Canadian defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford has officially retired from the NFL.

Crawford announced the news on his social media accounts, Twitter and Instagram.

“As this chapter as a part of the Dallas Cowboys organization comes to an end, my story is just getting stared. My next chapter will be my best chapter! Thankful and with a full heart I officially announce my retirement from the NFL.”

The Cowboys selected Crawford in the third round, 81st overall during the 2012 NFL draft. He played all nine of his NFL seasons with America’s Team, starting 79 of the 112 total games he suited up in. The Windsor, Ontario native notched 194 tackles, 25 sacks, six passes knocked down, forced three fumbles and recovered three more.

The Catholic Central High School product went from Canada to junior college at Bakersfield College and after garnering first-team All-America status, earned a scholarship to Boise State University. During two seasons with the Broncos, Crawford produced 76 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 13.5 sack, four forced fumbles and one pass knockdown in 25 games.

The 31-year-old defensive end has battled injuries the last few seasons, but retires among the most successful Canadians to ever play in the NFL, earning more than $47 million dollars in the process.