Evans Clinchy
Saturday April 21st, 2012

Offensive lineman Marc Colombo will retire a Dallas Cowboy, according to ESPN Dallas. Colombo signed a ceremonial one-year contract with the Cowboys today, enabling him to retire with the team he served for six years.

Colombo, the Chicago Bears' first-round pick in 2002, suffered a knee injury and was released in 2005. The Cowboys took a chance on him, and he ended up starting at right tackle for five seasons between 2006 and '10.

"My time here was the majority of my career," Colombo said. "I feel like this place made me the football player I always wanted to be. It's just an amazing place with an unbelievable owner. To be able to play at other places, you realize there's nothing like being a Cowboy."

Colombo started 72 games during those five seasons, walking away in 2011 when Tyron Smith won the team's starting job after last summer's lockout. Colombo signed with the Miami Dolphins and played every snap for them last season, but he's happy now to be back in Dallas. "I just think being able to retire as a Dallas Cowboy is something I always envisioned after I'd been here for a few years," he said. "We're living here now. The fan support has been great, and I'd just like to thank everybody."

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