NASHVILLE - Long-time NFL centre Kevin Mawae has decided to call it a career.
The NFL Players Association, for which Mawae has served as president since March 2008, made the announcement earlier Friday and the eight-time Pro Bowl selection made it official at an afternoon press conference in Nashville.
Mawae spent the past four seasons with Tennessee and also played for Seattle and the New York Jets in a 16-year NFL career. The Titans decided against re-signing the veteran despite a Pro Bowl campaign in 2009.
“The middle part of his career he was one of the best centres in the league, all the way through the end,” said Titans head coach Jeff Fisher in an interview with the team’s website. “It’s just a privilege for us to have had him on the team, on the roster and contributing like he did and we wish him well.”
The 39-year-old LSU product began his NFL career with Seattle in 1994 and played with the Seahawks through the 1997 season. He joined the Jets in 1998 and spent eight years in New York before signing with Tennessee prior to the 2006 campaign.
Mawae said he intends to finish out his term as president of the NFLPA until its conclusion in March, 2012.