FLORHAM PARK, N.J., - Longtime offensive lineman Damien Woody has called it a career after 12 NFL seasons.
Woody spent the last three years with the New York Jets and also played for the New England Patriots from 1999-2003 and the Detroit Lions from 2004-07. He will embark on a new career as a football analyst with ESPN.
"I'm grateful for all the support over the years from my family, my fans and the league," Woody said at a press conference Friday. "I'm excited to start the next phase of my career, moving from the NFL family to the ESPN family, and I feel blessed to continue to be a part of the game of football."
Woody played in 173 NFL games, including 166 as a starter. He earned Pro Bowl selections in 2002 with the Patriots and 2004 with the Lions.
The Boston College product was selected with the 17th overall pick of the 1999 draft by the Patriots and won a pair of Super Bowl titles during his time with New England.