Diamond VIP Contributor
- Aug 1, 1997
- Reaction score
- Lafayette, LA
Fan favorite says injury was a factor
Jeff Duncan / New Orleans Times-Picayune
Longtime Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason is retiring from the NFL after a seven-year career.
Gleason, who became a free agent when his contract with the team expired last month, told Saints Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis of his decision last week.
Gleason, who will turn 31 on March 19, underwent microfracture knee surgery last year and spent the 2007 season on injured reserve. He said the injury was a factor in his decision, but only one of several reasons.
"I think I could play a few more years, but I would rather walk away with my health intact than the opposite," Gleason said. Full Story – Picayunehttp://www.nola.com/saints/t-p/index.ssf?/base/sports-4/1205299381221150.xml&coll=1