Five-time Pro Bowl LB Dumervil announces retirement

Former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil (58) in the game against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium on Nov. 26.Photo Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Linebacker Elvis Dumervil announced his retirement from the NFL over social media on Thursday.

After spending a great deal of time talking to my family and prayerfully considering whats next in my career, I have a made the difficult decision to step away from the NFL at this time, Dumervil wrote on Twitter. Its been an incredible 12-year run.

Dumervil played in all 16 games last season, recording 13 tackles and a team-high 6.5 sacks after signing with the San Francisco 49ers on June 6, 2017.

My body still feels great, the 34-year-old Dumervil wrote in the post, and I know I can still help a team win. I will miss being on the field, particularly on Sundays. But I also have a wife and two young children who need me and a real estate business that I can now turn my attention to full-time.

Football was certainly a huge part of my life but it wasnt my entire life. I look forward to my next chapter with no regrets.

Dumervil finished with 105.5 sacks, which is 26th on the all-time list. Dumervil recorded a pair of 17-sack seasons one each with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Dumervil recorded 365 tackles, 23 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and one interception in 162 career contests with the Broncos (2006-12), Ravens (2013-16) and 49ers (2017).

Dumervil, who was a fourth-round pick of the Broncos in the 2006 NFL Draft, was named a first-team All-Pro selection on two occasions.