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Michael Brockers retires

A longtime contributor to the Rams' defensive line, Michael Brockers recently announced his retirement from the NFL via his own Instagram as well his podcast's Instagram.

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Brockers originally entered the NFL as Les Snead's first draft pick as general manager of the Rams, selected 14th overall out of LSU in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Over the next nine seasons – four in St. Louis followed by five in Los Angeles – he registered 395 total tackles, 62 QB hits and 28 sacks.

After playing his ninth and final season with the Rams in 2020, he played two seasons for the Lions, bringing his career totals to 451 tackles, 64 QB hits and 29 sacks over 11 seasons. He started 136 of 138 career games played with the Rams and 21 of 22 games played with the Lions.

Beyond that statistical production, Brockers was twice voted a captain by his teammates (2018 and 2020). Additionally, he won the "Good Guy" award for the 2020 season, the first beat reporters covering the Rams gave out the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) award. Per the PFWA, that award is "given to a NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs."

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