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Tom Nalen To Retire

January 7, 2009

Tom Nalen - CBS4.com

Tom Nalen after being injured again has decided that it is time to call it quits and retire from the NFL at the age of 37. Nalen is expected to retire as he played, silently. It doesn’t look like for the time being that there will even be a press conference.

Nalen led a group of offensive tackles in Denver that refused to talk to the media and that tradition has been passed on to following Offensive Linemen in the Ryan Clady era. (Yes we are now officially calling Ryan Clady’s ongoing tenure with the Broncos an era of the Offensive Line.)

Not many people think that Nalen will be a first ballot hall of famer but I do think that he will eventually end up in Canton. For the time being Shannon Sharpe is the focus of that possibility as he is now a finalist to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Nalen participated in part of training camp prior to the Broncos 2008 season and was expected to play in the first game before being relegated to the injured reserve. Nalen hasn’t played since 2007 after he succumbed to an injury that would precede the injury that would sadly end his career.

It only makes sense that he wouldn’t make another go at it not only because of his age but because of Mike Shanahan (the only coach that has ever trained Tom Nalen) being fired. There was no real reason to stay with the Broncos. 

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2 Comments
  1. January 15, 2009 12:23 PM

    Nalen will be missed. He and Billy Bryan were among the best centers.

  2. March 26, 2009 5:07 PM

    Nalen is the GOAT; 5 Pro Bowls (4 straight), anchored lines for 6 1,000 yard rushers, he anchored the line that blocked for TD’s 2,000 yard season, plus he has 2 Super Bowl Rings. 66forHOF!!!

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