Former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny retires from NFL & praises Buffalo in letter
Linebacker Paul Posluszny only spent four seasons of his 11-year NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, but when he announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, he still took time to praise Buffalo.
In a letter written by Posluszny and posted on his current team’s website, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 33-year-old praised the Jags, his family, high school, Penn State, and the Bills.
On the Bills, Posluszny wrote:
In 2007, Marv Levy of the Buffalo Bills drafted me to play middle linebacker for his team, and the late Mr. Ralph Wilson gave me the opportunity to play professionally the game I love with all my heart. I will be forever grateful to the Buffalo Bills organization, my teammates in Buffalo and the fans of western New York for allowing me to be a small part of that storied franchise and amazing city. I wish them all the best.
Upon leaving Buffalo the 2010 season and lockout, Posluszny signed a six-year, $42 million deal with the Jags in free agency.
This past January, “Poz” as he was known by fans, played in his first-career playoff game against his former team. The Jags won 10-3.
But prior to that game, Posluszny admitted a younger version of him never wanted to leave Buffalo.
“I still didn’t want to [leave] because I was still young and naive enough that you say you’d like to stay with one team your entire career,” he said.
But looking back, Posluszny also said that he quickly realized in 2010 that he wouldn’t be a fit for the Bills moving forward due to scheme and coaching changing.
For his career, Posluszny played in 100 games for the Jags and 45 for the Bills, recording 881 tackles, 16 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and 15 interceptions.