Gopher great WR Eric Decker retires from the NFL | KFAN 100.3 FM

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Former Golden Gopher great, WR Eric Decker announced this weekend that he will be retiring from the NFL after an eight-year career with the Broncos, Jets and Titans.

Decker was previously in training camp with the New England Patriots but with questions surrounding his status on the depth chart, he opted to make the decision to hang up the cleats on Sunday.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, Decker thanks fans, teammates, coaches and the game for making his "childhood dream" come true before announcing that he intends to spend more time with his family now that his playing career is over.

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Decker caught 439 passes for 5,816 yards and 53 touchdowns in his career. He had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons, including a career-best 1,288 yards on 87 receptions in 2013 with Denver, when he reached the Super Bowl for the only time in his career. He had two catches for 12 yards this preseason. 

Decker lettered for the Gophers in football from 2006-2009 ending his career as the school's all-time leading receiver with  227 catches for 3,119 yards and 24 touchdowns in 45 games.

Portions of this story were contributed from TTWN Media Networks LLC .

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