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Todd McClure announces retirement

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01:07 PM ET 03.14 | A fixture in the Atlanta Falcons offensive line since 2000, center Todd McClure has announced he will retire. Rumors of his retirement had been swirling since the end of the season, but now it is official. McClure, a seventh-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, started a total of 195 regular season games for the Falcons after missing his entire rookie year. Last offseason, amid rumors of retirement, McClure signed a one-year deal to return to Atlanta, but no such luck this year. Atlanta already received its delayed-retirement surprise this year, when Tony Gonzalez agreed to return in 2013. With McClure retiring, Peter Konz will likely take over as starting center. Konz played right guard last season, but was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft as a center out of Wisconsin. Konz struggled as a rookie, but a year of experience and a switch back to his natural position could help him reach his potential.

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March 14, 2013  02:26 PM ET

His knee was getting pretty bad last year. Hell of a durable guy, though.

March 14, 2013  02:28 PM ET

Enjoy retirement while you can Todd.

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March 14, 2013  03:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I thought it read Tane McClure at first

I first read Troy McClure, from The Simpsons

Anyway, I've never heard of Todd, but besides his rookie-year injury, it looks like he's been a stalwart at Center for the Falcons

 
March 15, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Good Luck, Be Well!!!!!!

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