#ProDuck great Haloti Ngata announces retirement from NFL from atop Kilimanjaro

    EUGENE, Ore. - Haloti Ngata joined the starting lineup of the Oregon Duck football team by the 5th game of the 2002 season as a true freshman.

    He concluded his career as a football player atop Kilimanjaro in Afrida after 13 seasons in the NFL.

    "Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude," he wrote on Instagram. "Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I’m retiring on top."

    A knee injury in his second season made Duck fans wait to see the full impact: In his final season for the Ducks in 2005, when he led the Pac-10 for stops by an interior lineman.

    He became the first Duck in more than 40 years to be honored as a consensus All-American.

    And his talent translated to the pros: the Baltimore Ravens picks him 12th overall in the first round.

    He played 9 seasons for the Ravens before being traded to Detroit Lions. He finished his career in Philadelphia with the Eagles.

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