Kris Jenkins, a defensive tackle who played at the University of Maryland and for the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets, is retiring from football.

Jenkins, 31, made the announcement on his Facebook page, writing:

“Wanted to let you all know that I have loved the support and respect that you all have given me throughout my career. But it is time for the torch to be passed to the younger players. I am going to hang up the cleats! The mind is always willing to play but my body deserves the rest. Thank you for the opportunites to play Carolina and New York.”

A three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl player, Jenkins missed most of the last two seasons with the Jets. He tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in October 2009 and returned last season. He tore the ACL again in September. His brother, Cullen, plays for the Green Bay Packers.

What’s cooking: Kris Jenkins in the kitchen