After 11 seasons, all with the New York Giants, David Diehl has decided to permanently take off his shoulder pads and hang up his cleats. The long-time offensive lineman announced he is retiring today at the age of 33.
Diehl was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He spent his entire 11-year career playing multiple positions along the offensive line for New York. According to a Newsday article by Bob Glauber, Diehl started 65 games at left tackle, 42 at left guard, 26 at right tackle and 27 at right guard. In his career, Diehl cemented himself as an integral piece of the offensive line and was more than willing to line up wherever the team needed him to.
Diehl’s career with the Giants is obviously highlighted by the Super Bowl victories in 2007 and 2011. He started both games and helped bring the Lombardi trophy back to New York. On a more individual note, Diehl was also voted to the Pro Bowl in 2009.
However, recent seasons have given way to injuries and struggles. Diehl had started every game of his career until Nov. 14, 2010. This past August, Diehl had surgery on his right thumb. He struggled, along with the rest of the offensive line, when he returned to the gridiron.
The Giants are going to have to repair an offensive line that was a major source of their struggles this season. Moving forward, Diehl’s performance and leadership along the unit will surely be missed.