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Kris Jenkins decides to retire

Updated: July 21, 2011, 9:11 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

Former New York Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins, who missed most of the last two seasons because of severe knee injuries, announced his retirement Wednesday from the NFL.

Jenkins, 31, in a message on his Facebook page, wrote that "it's time for the torch to be passed to the younger players. I am going to hang up the cleats! The mind is always willing to play, but my body deserves the rest."

Jenkins' 6-foot-5, 360-pound body absorbed significant punishment over 10 seasons, the ...

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