By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
NFL free agent Earl Mitchell has announced his retirement on Friday. He made the announcement on Instagram.
Mitchell has not played during the 2019 season. He last played for the San Francisco 49ers during the 2018 NFL season.
“I thought that I would be sad when I decided to let go of something I’ve loved for so long,” Mitchell said in his post. “I feel grateful to walk away with no regrets knowing I gave it my all. After 9 great years, I’m officially retiring from the National Football League. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
“Since 2002, I’ve dedicated my life to this game. When I first stepped into the locker room at North Shore, I decided to put my all into learning something that I knew nothing about. If it wasn’t for this game, I would have never been able to achieve my original dream of going to and graduating college. I’m extremely proud of my career and I appreciate all of those who have supported me along the way.”
He played two seasons for the 49ers in 2017 and 2018. Before joining the 49ers, he spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, where he played from 2014 through 2018.
Mitchell was a third-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He spent four seasons with the Texans, where he played from 2010 through 2013.