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Jacob Tamme was always thankful for his blessings, one reason he retired on Thanksgiving day

Jacob Tamme (Keyli Chisesi Photo)


Former Boyle County High School and University of Kentucky standout Jacob Tamme officially announced his retirement from the NFL Thursday on Thanksgiving — a fitting day considering how thankful he felt the blessings he received.

He was on three teams that reached the Super Bowl during his nine-year NFL career.

“My career has been way above and beyond my wildest expectations already. It’s really been a great blessing. That’s why I have so much peace about me now,” Tamme told me in August when he still had hopes that a team might pick him up this season.

Tamme posted his retirement announcement on Twitter. No fancy press conference or gathering. Just him saying thanks for a great nine years.

He got to play seven years with quarterback Peyton Manning, years he says he’ll never forget as the two became close friends.

“Speaking of Peyton, there’s really nothing I can say. No single person made a greater impact on my football career than you. I loved playing the game with you. More than that, I loved the laughs. It was an honor to be your teammate and it’s an even greater honor to be your friend,” Tamme said on Twitter.

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