Elvis has left the NFL - Dumervil hangs up his cleats

Miami (AFP) –


Elvis Dumervil, an American son of Haitian immigrants voted to five Pro Bowl all-star games in his 11 seasons as an NFL defensive end, announced his retirement Thursday on social media.

"My body still feels great and I know I can still help a team win," Dumervil said in a statement posted on Twitter. "I will miss being on the field, particularly on Sundays, but I also have a wife and two young children that need me.

"Football was certainly a huge part of my life but it wasn't my entire life. I look forward to my next chapter with no regrets."

Dumervil, 34, played for the Denver Broncos from 2006 to 2012, missing the entire 2010 campaign with a torn pectoral muscle, and spent 2013-2016 with the Baltimore Ravens before his final season last year with the San Francisco 49ers.

He led the NFL in 2009 with 17 quarterback sacks and matched that career-high total with Baltimore in 2014.

Over 162 career games, Dumervil made 365 tackles, including 105 sacks, forced 23 fumbles while recovering 13 and broke up 14 passes as well as grabbing an interception.