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Haloti Ngata, longtime Ravens DT, announces retirement atop Mt. Kilimanjaro

March 18, 2019

That’s one memorable way to go out.

Haloti Ngata, the 35-year-old defensive tackle who spent most of his prolific NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens, announced his retirement from football Monday with a picture of himself atop Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, is the tallest mountain in Africa.

“Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude,” Ngata wrote. “Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I’m retiring on top.”

View this post on Instagram 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. Im retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but Im holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom Ive 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 A post shared by Haloti Ngata (@hngata92) on Mar 18, 2019 at 3:00am PDT

Drafted 12th overall by Baltimore in 2006, Ngata played for the Ravens until 2014 and won a Super Bowl with them. He then finished his career playing three seasons with the Detroit Lions and one with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ngata recorded 519 tackles, 32.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and a touchdown in his career.