Patriots say Robert Gallery, former first-round pick, retires

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Offensive lineman Robert Gallery calls it quits after eight seasons. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


The New England Patriots announced the retirement of offensive lineman Robert Gallery Saturday, leaving a void with the team scrambling to find more offense line help

Gallery, 32, was drafted second overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2004. He went to Iowa where he capped off an All-American season in 2003 by winning the Outland Trophy, given to college football's best interior lineman.

Gallery, once pegged as one of the most promising left tackles to enter the draft in years, started 15 games as a rookie and in 2007 Raiders coaches moved him to guard.