Wednesday, July 9, 2008 10:02 PM
STATELINE, Nev. -- Quarterback Trent Dilfer, who played the last of his 13 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers last year, announced Wednesday he is retiring from football.
The former Fresno State player who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens said a recent injury to his Achilles helped make up his mind.
"I was going to retire anyway. This just gives clarity to the situation," he told reporters on a conference call promoting the 19th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship that begins Friday at Lake Tahoe.
"Obviously I'm going to miss football. It's been a huge part of my life," he said.
"I think everybody I've talked to says (camaraderie is) the hardest thing to get away from, just the locker room, just being around the guys each day, the routine of the season. But I knew this time was coming, and here it is."
Dilfer, who has a home at nearby Incline Village, Nev., has played in the 10 of the celebrity tournaments at Stateline, including the last five, but had to withdraw this week due to the injury.
"I'm heartbroken that I won't be competing in the American Century Championship," he said. "Its ... the best week of the year if you're not playing in the Super Bowl."
Dilfer, 36, played the 2000 season with the Ravens, who beat the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. He was a free agent following the 2007 season but did not sign with any team.
Dilfer completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 20,518 yards in his career. He threw 113 TD passes and 129 interceptions.
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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com