NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Punter Craig Hentrich announced his retirement Wednesday after 17 NFL seasons, saying he'd had a good career.
Hentrich, 38, spent the past 12 seasons with the Tennessee Titans, and he was with Green Bay before that. He averaged 42.9 yards on 1,150 punts during his career.
"I think overall it was a successful career, and I wouldn't trade a second of it," Hentrich said in a statement released by the Titans. "Consistency is what I've tried to pride myself on my whole career."
Hentrich contemplated retirement after the 2008 season, but he changed his diet and exercise regimen and re-signed with Tennessee for 2009. He averaged 46.9 yards per punt on nine kicks, but he suffered a calf injury during the second game against the Houston Texans and finished the season on injured reserve.
"It's just been a ton of injuries the last three or four years," Hentrich said. "I think it's just my body telling me it's time to quit.
"I've been doing this for 17 years in the league and really 32 years of my life kicking footballs. I think my body is just tired."
"It's very hard in this game to walk away on your own terms, and Craig is doing that today," Fisher said. "Craig was a tremendous athlete at the punter position, and his versatility and consistency were some of the reasons for our success over his time with us.
"He wasn't only a punter; he was a holder, field-goal kicker, kickoff guy and a passer. He was a great teammate and an unselfish player."
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