After a 10-year career in which he played with three different teams and appeared in a pair of Superbowls, veteran tight end Ed Dickson officially announced his retirement from the NFL as a member of the team that drafted him on Thursday, November 17, 2022, he called it a career. The Baltimore Ravens originally selected him in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oregon.

Ed Dickson officially retires as a Raven 💜https://t.co/bH0IQhZ4J4

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 17, 2022

Dickson hasn’t been on a team since 2019 and hasn’t played in a game since the 2018 season but he wanted to formally call it a career where it all started because “Baltimore set the standard” for his entire career.

“They helped me come in and create a career, build a career, create a leadership mentality that springboarded my career from that first year to 10-plus,” he said earlier this week. “I’ve always been satisfied with my time I spent in Baltimore. After revisiting it with the family, I wanted to retire a Raven and be a Raven for life.”

The 35-year-old finishes his career with 190 receptions, 2128 receiving yards, and 15 receiving touchdowns in 134 career games. While he never put up gaudy numbers with the Ravens and was eventually usurped by his fellow 2010 draftmate, Dennis Pitta, as the team’s top tight end, Dickson was a key cog in the team’s Superbowl run in 2012. He caught a pair of passes for 37 yards in the title game and was part of the blocking unit that paved the way for Jacoby Jones’ historic 108-yard kickoff return to open the second half.

“I didn’t have remarkable stats, but I was a part of everything,” Dickson said. “Everything played a crucial piece in winning that Super Bowl. I remember every play like it was yesterday and that was over a decade ago.”

Three years later, he helped the Carolina Panthers reach their second Superbowl in franchise history as well and played behind three-time Pro Bowler Greg Olsen. Dickson was known for his ability as a blocker than a pass catcher for the majority of his career and both embraced and took pride in it.

“I got put in the position where I had to become a better blocker than anything. There was room enough for both of us to shine,” Dickson said. “When Dennis got …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

Superbowl-Winning Tight End Officially Retires With Ravens

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