Former Wisconsin LB announces retirement from football
Former Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy has announced his retirement from football. The former sixth-round draft pick made an announcement via social media on Tuesday afternoon.
Cichy spent three years in the NFL, mostly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“The time to say that my playing career has come to an end has finally come,” Cichy wrote on Twitter. “I gave this game everything I had and I can walk away satisfied with that fact. There will always be what ifs but I wouldn’t change a thing. The injuries, surgeries and adversity I faced and conquered have made me who I am today. Would not recommend 5 consecutive season enders, however.
“Stepping on the field was always a release to me. Nowhere in this world ever felt more comfortable to me than 5 yards behind my boys on the d-line. So even though my reps were limited, I always made them count.”
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— Jack Cichy (@jackCICHY) February 22, 2022
Cichy played at Wisconsin from 2013 through 2017, though he did not see the field during his final season in Madison. He appeared in 20 career games and piled up 121 tackles, including 16.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also broke up 6 passes and forced 2 fumbles.
After his college career came to an end, Cichy was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Bucs. He was a member of the team that won Super Bowl LV.