Veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has announced his retirement. He stepped away from the game after the Bills were defeated by the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Alexander had been reportedly leaning towards retirement for the last few weeks of the season. In the Bills home loss to the New York Jets on Dec. 29th, head coach Sean McDermott called a timeout to honor Alexander.

Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander pursues Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott as he runs with the ball
Lorenzo Alexander pursues Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott as he runs with the ball (Getty Images)

“I could continue to play on and on and on, but that deters from me being able to be there for my kids,” Alexander said, via Kimberly Jones of NFL.com. “Obviously, emotionally, spiritually, and then physically, because the more I play, the more injuries that I will succumb to eventually just because of age and wear and tear. And I really want to be able to be an active dad, hanging out with them, playing with them, taking them on trips. I don’t want to be a guy that’s just old and can’t move too much because I played too long. So I’m happy about walking away. I’m at peace with it, because I’m choosing my kids and my family and my wife, versus not choosing football.”

In his final game, he had three tackles.

The undrafted free agent had been with the Bills since the 2016 season. He steps away from the game at 36.

Besides playing for the Bills, he also played for the Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, and the Oakland Raiders. He was a two-time Pro Bowler in 2012 and 2016.

During the 2019 season with the Bills, Alexander appeared in 16 games, including seven starts. He also had 50 tackles, including four tackles for a loss and nine quarterback hits.

He also had 2.0 sacks, one forced fumbles, and nine pass deflections.

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