Sack master Allen retires after 12 NFL seasons


Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen decided to ride off into the sunset — well, sort of.

Allen, a four-time All-Pro who played 12 seasons in the NFL and twice led the league in sacks, announced his retirement from football on Thursday in his own unique way — sitting atop his horse.

A self-described cowboy who was raised on a ranch, Allen thanked everyone in a short video he released on Twitter before smiling and saying, “I was going to ride off into the sunset, but seeing there is no sunset I’m just going to ride off.”

He then turned the horse to the camera and they galloped away into the dark, gray night.

Allen, 33, finished his career with 136 career sacks — ninth-most in NFL history. He led the league in sacks in 2007 and 2011.