A longtime member of the Washington Commanders’ franchise announced his retirement on Friday. Former Purdue LB Ryan Kerrigan is ending is playing career in Landover, Maryland.

Kerrigan was taken by Washington in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Up until last season, he had spent his entire career with the organization. Kerrigan spent the 2021 season with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Washington Commanders Twitter account posted about a video about his retirement.

Kerrigan finished his NFL career with 331 solo tackles, 95 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions. He had some words for his fans which he shared on his Instagram account. He is signing a 1-day contract so that he can retire as a member of the Commanders.

“While I’m thankful for the amazing times and memories I was able to have as a player, I:m equally thankful to now have the wisdom and courage to walk away,” said Kerrigan. “We all eventually come to the end of our playing days, and that time is now for me. To my beloved Washington fans: you guys made my NFL experience amazing. I felt at home in the DMV from day one. You made me feel like one of your own. I’ll love you guys forever.”