Jeff Backus retires after 12 seasons
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jeff Backus played 12 years for the Detroit Lions, missing only one game while enduring some of the franchise's most difficult days.
His perseverance finally was rewarded with a playoff appearance two seasons ago, and now the durable offensive lineman is comfortable calling it a career.
"It's time for me to hang up my cleats and retire," Backus said in a statement Thursday. "It's a bittersweet moment, but I'm content knowing I gave everything I had, played as hard ...
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