McDaniel Ends 14-Year NFL Career
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Tampa Bay offensive lineman Randall McDaniel, whose league-record string of 12 consecutive Pro Bowl starts ended this season, announced his retirement from the Buccaneers on Monday night.
McDaniel spent the last two seasons of his 14-year career with the Buccaneers after playing the first 12 with the Minnesota Vikings, who selected him in the first round of the 1988 draft.
The 37-year-old lineman ended his career with a streak of 202 consecutive starts at left guard for the Vikings and Bucs, who signed him as a free agent before the 2000 season.
He did not miss a start after sitting out two games in 1989 _ his second year in the league _ with a sprained knee. His streak of starts was the second-longest among active players.
``My NFL experience has far exceeded anything I ever could have imagined. It has been an incredible journey,″ McDaniel said in a statement. ``Now, it’s time to end this chapter of my life.″
McDaniel, who would have counted $2 million against the salary cap next season, was one of five players the Bucs left unprotected in last week’s expansion draft.
He wasn’t selected by the Houston Texans and faced the prospect of being released this week because of his salary.
The only seasons McDanel was not selected as starter for the Pro Bowl were his first and last. His 11 appearances for Minnesota broke the previous Vikings record of nine by Hall of Fame defensive end Alan Page.
McDaniel blocked for five 1,000-yard rushers and four 3,000-yard passers during his career. He has spent time during his offseasons preparing for a teaching career in the Robbinsdale, Minn., school system.
``It truly is a privilege to have been associated with a player and a person such as Randall McDaniel,″ Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay said. ``He epitomizes greatness with his superior play, leadership, and his off the field community contributions.″