Former Seahawks TE John Carlson Retires

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Carlson_mug_0505Former Seahawks tight end John Carlson has decided to retire from the NFL.

The 30-year-old Notre Dame product dealt with a concussion late in 2013 with Minnesota, but did not indicate why he made the decision to call it a career in a statement released Tuesday.

“After much thought and consideration, my wife Danielle and I know that this is best decision for us,” said Carlson in a statement released by the Arizona Cardinals, his most recent team. “I was blessed to play seven seasons in the NFL for three tremendous organizations – the Cardinals (2014), Vikings (2012 – 2013), and the Seahawks (2008 – 2011). I will always treasure the experiences and relationships made during that time, but I’m also very excited about the next phase of my life and what’s ahead.”

Carlson250_0505Carlson was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round (38th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He scored his first NFL touchdown on a pass from Charlie Frye in Week 6 of the 2008 NFL season in a 17-27 loss to Green Bay. In a season marred by injuries for the Seahawks, particularly at wide receiver, Carlson proved to be a reliable target throughout the season, and led the team in receptions (55) and receiving yards (627) for the 2008 season, a feat not accomplished in franchise history by a rookie since Hall of Fame WR Steve Largent.

Carlson had a notable performance in the Seahawks’ 2010 playoffs, catching two touchdown passes in a win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

He joined the Vikings for the 2012 season and spent two years in Minnesota.

Carlson signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals in March, 2014, and finished his lone season in the desert with 33 receptions for 350 yards and a touchdown in 16 games.

In 90 NFL games, including 64 starts, Carlson caught 210 passes for 2,256 yards and 15 touchdowns.