It was unlikely he was going to return to the Eagles, but defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has officially retired.
And he did it in a pretty cool way.
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Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I'm retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I'm holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I've gained along the way. "Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it." Walking away with no regrets, just peace in knowing I gave it my all and had a helluva lot of fun doing it. 💪🏽 #kissestotheskyformomanddad @ravens @detroitlionsnfl @philadelphiaeagles
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That's Ngata, 35, on top of Mount Kilimanjaro recently. He climbed Africa's tallest mountain as a part of Chris Long's Conquering Kili initiative.
Ngata played 13 years in the NFL after being taken in the first round in the 2006 draft. Eagles fans unfortunately saw him at the very tail end of his career.
Ngata played just one season with the Eagles and probably wasn't worth the $3 million he was paid. But he was once a great defensive lineman.
Before his one season in Philly and before his three years in Detroit, Ngata played nine seasons in Baltimore and was a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro.
At around 350 pounds, Ngata was never a flashy player, but was great inside along the line of scrimmage. His five Pro Bowls came in five seasons, from 2009-2013. He was also a Super Bowl champion in 2012. Ngata's Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.
Ngata likely never figured into the Eagles' plans in 2019, even if he hadn't retired. He played better down the stretch last season, but still wasn't very good. The Eagles also signed Malik Jackson from Jacksonville. He'll be the new starter and now they'll still need to find some more defensive tackle depth.
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