Veteran 49ers center Alex Mack announces his NFL retirement

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Veteran San Francisco 49ers center Alex Mack announced Friday that he is retiring from professional football and ending a 13-year career in the NFL.

Mack had helped anchor the 49ers’ offensive line after signing as a free agent with San Francisco on March 18, 2021.

“The central position in the NFL is the heartbeat of an attack and Alex’s intellect, consistency, love of the game and professional approach made a lasting impression over the course of his 13 NFL seasons,” said General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan in an interview. a joint statement. “Congratulations to Alex on a highly award-winning NFL career and we wish him nothing but success in his career after playing.”

Mack was originally selected from UC-Berkeley by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

He went on to earn three Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Mack was a Pro Bowl roster seven times in 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and last season.

In his lone season with the 49ers, he started all 17 regular-season games and three postseason games and was named to the 2022 Pro Bowl.

The 36-year-old Santa Barbara native appeared in 46 games at UC-Berkeley in five years.

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