Another former Nebraska player has retired after a successful run in the NFL.
Niles Paul, a wide receiver for the Cornhuskers from 2007-10, announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon. Paul had been in camp with the San Francisco 49ers before deciding to retire.
A wide receiver in college, Paul played some tight end and fullback over eight seasons with the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished his career with 78 catches for 954 yards and 2 TDs.
Though he never eclipsed 40 catches in a season during college, Paul was an effective member of the Nebraska offense. He finished his Cornhuskers career with 103 catches, 1,532 yards, and 5 TDs.
Paul announced his retirement on Instagram:
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As they say, ‘All good things come to an end.’ After 8 years in the NFL, I decided that it’s time to hang up the cleats. Even though it didn’t work out, I was humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be brought into my ninth training camp with the San Francisco 49ers. I was quickly reminded how taxing this game can be after only spending a week in camp. Now it's time to start listening to my body. There is no doubt in my mind that I’m still able to compete and make a 53 man roster somewhere but I’m not sure my body can handle it anymore. This is not what I envisioned my career in the NFL would be. Who would’ve guessed that I’d be playing tight end and even start some games at fullback in the National Football League. All in all, I wouldn’t change a thing. The only thing that really mattered to me was how my peers respected the way I played the game every time I took the field. Having my teammates select me as the 2016 Ed Block Courage Award winner was one of the biggest highlights of my career. I want to thank all of my teammates and the coaches that helped me along the way from Omaha North High School to the University of Nebraska and ultimately to the NFL. Thank you to the Washington Redskins for drafting me and giving a kid from the north side of Omaha, Nebraska the opportunity that he could only dream of. I would also like to thank the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers. Lastly, I would like to thank my agents Jon Perzley and Brian Mackler with Sportstar for always having my back and putting me first. It’s been a great ride that has allowed me to have an impact in the community and do things that I never thought would be possible. Although my NFL journey has come to an end, life must go on. I am looking forward to what the future has in store for me.