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Jeremy Maclin officially retires from the NFL

Former Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin posted an emotional letter on Twitter bidding farewell to the NFL.

"I appreciate the opportunity you guys gave me to play in front of a fan base and city that is second to none," Maclin wrote in the letter Thursday when paying tribute to Philadelphia.

"The memories I have of playing in that midnight green still give me chills. It isn't because of the balls I caught or the touchdowns I scores, it's because of the teammates I got to share the field with every Sunday.

"The number of people that impacted my life in a positive way on and off the field in Philadelphia is massive and I'm forever thankful for them. Philly will always hold a special place in my heart."

Projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Missouri, the Eagles aggressively moved up when he slid and selected him with the 19th overall pick.

Maclin proved to be one of the most prolific wide receivers in franchise history. In six seasons with the Eagles, Maclin had 343 catches for 4,771 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns in 75 regular-season games.

Maclin ranks fourth among wide receivers in Eagles history in catches, fifth in receiving touchdowns, and sixth in receiving yards.

He signed with Kansas City following his best NFL season in 2014, when he had 85 receptions (fifth most in franchise history) for 1,318 yards (third most by an Eagle) and 10 touchdowns. After two seasons with the Chiefs and another with the Ravens, injuries kept him off the field in 2018 and he decided to hang up his cleats as he's about to become a father.

His 13 receptions in a 2011 game at Atlanta are the most by an Eagles wide receiver in a single contest. Maclin had 14 100-yard games as an Eagle, including playoffs, which is tied for seventh in team history. With five games of 150 or more yards, Maclin is tied for second in the franchise record books.

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