Darren Waller Oct 22, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants tight end Darren Waller (12) catches the ball during the first half Washington Commanders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL world was stunned on Sunday after learning of a star player’s retirement plans. Darren Waller will retire at the age of 31, as he’s finished with professional football.

Waller joined the New York Giants last offseason in a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders sent the 2020 Pro Bowler to the Giants, who likely hoped for bigger and better things. But after just one year in East Rutherford, Waller is hanging up his cleats.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Waller’s decision to retire.

“TE Darren Waller has informed the team he plans to retire, walking away at the age of 31 after just one season with NYG,” Rapoport said. “Waller hasn’t attended workouts, and the team had known for some time he may not play.”

Waller recorded 350 receptions, 4,124 yards, and 20 receiving touchdowns in his NFL career, which began back in 2015. His best season as a pro came with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020, when he racked up 107 receptions, 1,196 yards, and nine receiving touchdowns.

The NFL world had much to say over this abrupt retirement news.

[Ian Rapoport]

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