Popular former TE Tom Crabtree retires

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Tom Crabtree's tenure with the Green Bay Packers lasted only three seasons, but the former tight end became one of the team's most popular players.

Part of it had to do with his Twitter persona, which made it a fitting place for him to announce his retirement from the NFL on Thursday.

On the field, Crabtree played in 53 career games, including 46 for the Packers from 2010 to 2012. He caught four touchdown passes, including a 27-yarder on a fake field goal against the Chicago Bears in 2012, during his three seasons in Green Bay.

Crabtree left Green Bay in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, but he was limited to just seven games because of injuries. He spent time briefly last season with the New Orleans Saints.