‘I started it here and I wanted to end it here’ – Greeley Tribune

Former Broncos linebacker Derek Wolfe, a running back with Baltimore last year because of a hip injury, retired from the NFL on Friday.

Wolff and his family attended the morning practice and were greeted by cheers from Broncos fans.

“I started it here and I wanted to end it here,” he said in an announcement via the Broncos. “I didn’t do it the way I wanted to – obviously I wanted the tale to go off the pitch, but you don’t really get that in the trenches.”

Wolff, 32, was injured last summer during a joint practice with Carolina. The Ravens released Wolfe last month with an injury.

“I’ve already had two hip operations this year and it looks like I won’t need any more operations in the future, but you never know because I still have some issues with my back,” he said.

Wolfe was a second-round pick (No. 36 overall) by the Broncos in 2012 and played in 108 games (all starts) over eight years with the club. He totaled 33 sacks for the Broncos, including four years of at least five sacks.

In December 2017, Wolfe underwent a foraminotomy, a procedure that widens an area in the spine to relieve pressure on compressed nerves. First, a small drill was used to shave an opening 3-4 millimeters wide. The issue was a byproduct of a 2013 spinal cord injury.

“I’m very grateful and very emotional,” Wolfe said. “I’m happy I finished the game because the injuries just kept piling up.”

Wolfe appeared in seven playoff games (five for the Broncos, including the Super Bowl victory over the Panthers). In March 2020, he signed a one-year contract with Baltimore and left the Broncos. In his only season with the Ravens, he played in 14 games (eight starts) and had 51 tackles and one sack.

In 122 regular season games (116 starts), Wolfe had 34 sacks and 350 tackles.

After Friday’s practice, Wolfe addressed the current Broncos team.

“I told them, ‘Look, you finally have the piece that you’ve been missing, and it’s (quarterback) Russell Wilson — follow his lead and he knows what he’s doing,'” he said.

Next for Wolfe is family, summer hunting and perhaps more time for a media career.

“(The injuries) were getting worse and it was time to call him up,” he said. “I spent a lot of energy on football, now I can focus on other things. I can focus on being a husband and a father to my children.”

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Related posts

Leave a Comment