By Annie Ross
Eagles running back Darren Sproles is retiring after the upcoming 2018 season.
The 35-year-old Sproles said in a letter that his original plan was to retire after this past season, in which he played just three games due to arm and ACL injuries. However, he decided to return and is excited for one last year with the defending Super Bowl champions.
“We have something special here with the team, the fans, and the city,” Sproles said in his letter. “We made history bringing the first Lombardi trophy to Philly and now we want to go back-to-back.”
Sproles has 4,656 yards receiving, 3,366 rushing, 2,792 via punt return and 8,350 from kickoffs during his time spent with the Chargers, Saints and Eagles. He was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round in 2005.
The three-time Pro Bowler has 52 touchdowns combined from rushing and receiving, which ranks tied for 27th among active NFL players. He also has seven career punt return TDs and two via kickoff return for 61 total touchdowns.