The Green Bay Packers former Pro Bowl Guard, T.J. Lang, announced his retirement from the NFL in a Twitter post on Friday.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) March 29, 2019
In the post, Lang thanked the Packers for “taking a chance on a 21-year-old kid,” after they drafted him in 2009 out of Eastern Michigan University.
Soon after he was drafted, Lang was a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2016 and became one of the leagues’ premier pass protectors.
Lang signed with his hometown team, the Detroit Lions, in 2017. He started 13 games at right guard in his first season and made his second Pro Bowl appearance.
Due to persistent head, back and neck injuries, the Lions placed Lang on injured reserve in 2018 before they released the guard in 2019.
Lang retires from playing, but says he would like to stay close to the game in some capacity.