‘If I could talk to my 20-year-old self, I would tell him, we did everything we said we’d do and more’: Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president JC Tretter announces his retirement from the NFL at the age of just 31
- Free agent center JC Tretter is hanging up his cleats following 10 NFL seasons
- Tretter played in eight of those campaigns – three in Green Bay, five in Cleveland
- He is the current president of the NFLPA & will remain in his post despite retiring
Browns center JC Tretter has announced his retirement from the league following four seasons with Green Bay and five with Cleveland.
The 31-year-old told the world of his decision via Twitter, saying he would be leaving the game ‘on my own terms.’
Tretter will hold his position as NFLPA president after recently being reelected for a second term.
JC Tretter was drafted 122nd overall in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Cornell
‘I am proud of what I accomplished and how far I have come.’ he said in the statement.
‘I feel like if my 31-year-old self could talk to my 20-year-old self, I could earnestly tell him that we did it. We did everything we said we’d do and more.’
The New York native was released by Cleveland back in March as the Browns looked to clear some salary cap space. Cleveland gained $8.25 million by releasing Tretter.
Last season, Tretter started every game except for one, succumbing to COVID.
Tretter will remain on as the NFLPA president following his reelection in March of this year
Tretter took to Twitter to alert the league and his fans that he is now finished on the gridiron
Throughout his career, he was the foundation in the middle of the line and was part of one of the NFL’s premier offensive line groups in more recent seasons in Cleveland.
Tretter attended Ivy League school, Cornell, starting off as a tight end before transitioning to the offensive line.
He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 draft before signing with with the Browns on a three-year, $16.75 million deal in that March.
Tretter was a college tight end before switching positions and gaining 50lbs in just two years