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July 16, 2019

Former Eagles safety, special teams ace Chris Maragos announces retirement

Maragos played 53 games with the Eagles from 2014 to 2017, and was a member of the Super Bowl team

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Chris Maragos, former Eagles safety and special teams ace, announced his retirement from football on Tuesday.

Former Eagles safety and special teams player Chris Maragos took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to announce his retirement from football.

Maragos hasn't played in a game since 2017, when he suffered a knee injury in the team's Thursday Night Football win over the Carolina Panthers. He played just six games that season, sidelined during the team's first-ever Super Bowl-winning season, and wasn't able to return to the field in 2018.

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Just a few hours earlier on Tuesday, Maragos posted a photo of himself heading into another surgery:

Unfortunately, Maragos said in his announcement Tuesday, his career was cut short "due to a knee injury, surgeries, and the rehabilitation from it."

Maragos thanked Eagles fans in particular during his announcement, for the support he received throughout his career.

Maragos joined the Eagles in 2014 after one year with the 49ers and three years with the Seahawks as part of then-head coach Chip Kelly's investment in the Eagles' special teams unit. Maragos was technically a safety, and he took snaps as a safety over his years in Philadelphia, but he was heralded for his contributions on special teams.

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In the end, Maragos spent five years with the Eagles, including 2018, before they cut him this past February. He played 99 total games in the NFL.

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