Eagles’ RB Darren Sproles announces upcoming season will be his last

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles (43) runs in the second quarter of a week 2 NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs on September 17th, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

PHILADELPHIA– An Eagles’ fan favorite will be hanging up his cleats after the 2018 season.

RB Darren Sproles announced that the upcoming season will be his last via his new platform.

Sproles, 35, wrote:

The plan was for 2017 to be my last season. I was 34, had a great career, accomplished a lot—it was time. No one ever expected my career to last this long, over a decade but I was proud to prove them all wrong. Then my season ended a little earlier than expected, to an injury.

 

An injury is different; It’s something you don’t have any control over but I feel like I left a lot out there, and I couldn’t let my career end like that.

 

Coming back from any injury is tough—especially a knee injury for a running back. I wondered if I was going to come back the same, if I would still have my quickness. That’s the main thing because I don’t want to go out there and start getting smacked. Once I started rehabbing and running again I could tell I was good and ready for one more healthy year.

 

At my size, people often ask me how I’ve managed a decade plus long career in this league and I tell them the secret is simple— don’t get hit. Football is a collision sport so getting my agility back was key to my decision to play one more year.

 

I’m excited to come back and I am even more excited to come back to the defending Super Bowl champion, Eagles. We have something special here with the team, the fans, and the city. We made history bringing the first Lombardi trophy to Philly and now we want to go back-to-back.

Sproles will be entering his fifth season with Philadelphia.

He is creeping up the all-time all-purpose yards list, with a real possibility at finishing within the top 5 players in NFL history.