Longtime Detroit Lions left tackle Jeff Backus announced his retirement, Thursday, ending a 12-year career that began in 2001.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has had Backus as his left tackle since 2009, had this to say via his Twitter account, @Staff_9:
“I will miss having JB guarding my blindside this year. Jeff is a pro that all of us aspire to be on and off the field. A great warrior! #76″
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