The speed, the fury and the cowboy sack routine were staples of defensive end Jared Allen’s repertoire.
Allen came into the NFL in 2004 out of Idaho State and never looked back .
After quickly asserting himself as one of the league’s premier pass rushers as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Allen racked up 42 sacks in four seasons before becoming trade bait.
The Minnesota Vikings gave up multiple draft picks including a first rounder to secure his services and he not only stayed his course he got better as the leader of the Vikings defense for six years.
His career may have ended with journeyman stints with Chicago and Carolina but Allen has Hall of Fame potential for what he accomplished with his first two clubs.
On Thursday, he announced his retirement on two platforms.
On Twitter he created a entertaining video that matched his uniqueness.
Riding off into the sunset pic.twitter.com/wZXovseGKS
— Jared Allen (@JaredAllen69) February 18, 2016
Allen also released a traditional statement via his agent Ken Harris.
“I want to take this time to thank my family, friends, fans and teammates who have given their continued support throughout my 12 year career. It’s been a great ride for me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the memories. It is with a great deal of thought and consideration that I have decided that I will not return to football next year.
“I want to thank the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs organizations, who provided me with an opportunity to live out my dream and to be a part of their wonderful communities. Thanks for the life long memories.”
Jared Allen was the epitome of the words epitome, class and leadership.
His blue-collar work ethic made him a fan favorite regardless of where he played.
Odds are he will have some form of post-NFL career that will keep him visible.
If not, number 69 has given us enough memories for a lifetime.