Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Retiring Bartrum spent last seven years with Eagles
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles tight end and long snapper Mike Bartrum retired on Tuesday, ending a 13-year career that included appearances in the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.
The 36-year-old Bartrum spent the last seven years of his career with the Eagles after signing with them as a free agent in 2000. He played in 107 games for the Eagles and made the Pro Bowl in 2005.
Bartrum handled all long snapping duties and was used as a backup tight end.
"Retiring as a Philadelphia Eagle is something that is very special for me," he said. "The memories I have shared with the players, coaches and Eagles organization are some of the best memories of my life. The passion and support of the Philadelphia fans is something I will take with me wherever I go, and I feel truly blessed for having had the opportunity to play in front of them."
Bartrum signed as an undrafted free agent with Kansas City in 1993 and played 188 career games with the Chiefs, Green Bay, New England and the Eagles. He played in the Super Bowl with the Patriots and Philadelphia.
Six of Bartrum's 11 career receptions were touchdowns. Only one other player in NFL history (Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel) has as many touchdowns with less than 15 career receptions.
"Mike Bartrum is one of my all-time favorite guys," Eagles coach Andy Reid said.