In an open letter released Tuesday, Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer officially announced his retirement from football.
The 38-year old, who was drafted first overall in 2003, felt as though the time was right to hang up his cleats.
“Quite simply, I just know,” Palmer explained in his letter. “”Over the years, I’ve had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew when it was time to walk away. The answer was almost always the same: You just know.”
In his 14 years in the NFL, Palmer recorded 46,247 total passing yards, an overall completion percentage of 62.5, 294 touchdowns, and 187 interceptions.
Despite not taking any snaps his rookie year, Palmer finished with a 92-88-1 record, playing for the Bengals, Raiders, and Cardinals over the course of his career.
Palmer’s best year with the Cardinals came in 2015, where he threw for 4,761 yards and 35 touchdowns, leading the Cardinals to a 13-3 record and a NFC Championship appearance. He would set the franchise records for passing yards and passing touchdowns that season as well.
Palmer’s career, while glamorous, has also been riddled with injuries. He suffered serious ACL injuries in 2006 and 2014, and recently broke his arm Week 7 of this season, in what would prove to be his final game. Palmer missed a total of 42 games due to injury over his career.
Despite various setbacks, Palmer will still go down as a solid quarterback, and will always be remembered in Arizona for his accomplishments.