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Trent Dilfer retires

7/9/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Quarterback Trent Dilfer has retired. He told reporters during a conference call Wednesday for a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif., that he suffered an Achilles injury recently, but he was still planning to retire.
Dilfer, 36, was talking to the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason but the Raiders brought back Marques Tuiasosopo instead.

Dilfer's career was highlighted with a Super Bowl championship as the quarterback of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. The No. 6 overall draft pick in 1994 by Tampa Bay played for the Buccaneers, Baltimore, Seattle, Cleveland and San Francisco. He was a backup for the 49ers the past two seasons.

Dilfer will never go down as an all-time great, but he leaves the NFL as an accomplished player. He was a smart, efficient quarterback, was known as a gentleman off the field and was always cooperative with the media. Do not be surprised if Dilfer resurfaces soon as a broadcaster.