Longtime Minnesota Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser has announced that he will retire from the NFL following this season, according to the StarTribune.
Kleinsasser will wrap up a 13-year-career after spending his entire career with the Vikings. The club drafted him 44th overall in the 1999 NFL Draft, and over the past decade the 34-year-old has been widely hailed as one of the best blocking tight-ends in the game.
"I think my wife has always been happy either way [if I play or not], but I think she is, along with myself, excited to move on to the next parts of our life," Kleinsasser told the StarTribune.
"I still feel like I can play," Kleinsasser continued. "I'm walking away with two legs that work great and my head is still intact, so I think I feel good about leaving the game right now and just kind of moving on."