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New York Giants pro-bowl guard Chris Snee has retired after ten years in the NFL.
Snee was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft and became a four-time Pro Bowler, a two-time Super Bowl champion and a one-time All-Pro, according to NFL.com.
Snee officially announced his retirement prior to the opening of the Giants' training camp on Tuesday, saying, “I know it’s my time.”
He told Giants.com that his retirement was a combination of injuries from his elbows and hips and the fact that his strength in the weight room was going down.
“That was an indication that I wasn’t strong enough to play," he said. "And that’s kind of what my game’s been base upon. I take tremendous pride in the effort that I put in the weight room and being the strongest player on the field."
Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara said that Snee would go down as one of the best offensive lineman in Giants history.
"I think Chris was everything you could ever hope for in a player: toughness, integrity, and a lot of pride," Mara said.
During his time with the Giants, Snee started 127 games from 2005-2012, missing only one game.
Last season, Snee played in only three games because of an elbow injury.
Snee is also the son-in-law to head coach Tom Coughlin, according to CBS Sports.
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