As NFL players continue to use free agency as a vehicle to extend their careers with new teams this week, we take a respite from the frenzy to acknowledge a decorated player who has chosen to end his career this week.
Former Vikings offensive guard Steve Hutchinson has decided to retire after 12 illustrious seasons in the NFL, and he used Twitter to make his decision public.
“Retiring today after a great run in the NFL. Want to thank the @Seahawks, @Vikings, @TennesseeTitans and their fans for the opportunity,” Hutchinson tweeted. He later added: “I appreciate all the love. It’s all of you fans that make this the greatest sport in the world.”
After an All-America career at the University of Michigan, Hutchinson was drafted with a 1st-round (#17 overall) pick by Seattle in 2001. He played there through the 2005 season and then signed a free agent contract with the Vikings before the 2006 season. He played with the Vikings from 2006-11 and then played one season in Tennessee.
While with the Vikings, Hutchinson blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher each season and helping guide the club to a pair of division titles and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game after the 2009 season. While with the Vikings, Hutchinson was a 4-time All-Pro and a 4-time Pro Bowler. He was also named to the 50 Greatest Vikings team and was #3 on our list of the Top 10 Free Agent Signings in Vikings History.
In total, Hutchinson was a 7-time All-Pro and 7-time Pro Bowler and was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He will be a candidate to one day join the NFL’s immortals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Aside from being a dominant blocker on the field, Hutchinson made a profound impact in the community, too. He is a regular visitor at children’s hospitals, and he worked diligently with his wife, Landyn, to make the holidays a special team for patients and their families at Minneapolis children’s hospitals.
Congratulations to Steve on a successful NFL career, and we wish you nothing but the best in your years of retirement.
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