Joe Staley thanks 49ers, explains decision to retire in farewell message

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After 13 years with the 49ers organization, offensive tackle Joe Staley announced his retirement on Saturday.

Staley ends his career as one of the best offensive linemen in 49ers history, a likely future Hall of Famer and a member of the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team. Shortly after news of Staley’s decision to step away trickled out, he posted a lengthy message to social media, thanking the York family, 49ers coaches, players, operational staff, fans and his wife.

Staley also explained his decision to retire, saying the discomfort from injuries has affected every aspect of his life.

Here’s the message in full:



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