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Vikings TE Kleinsasser ready to call it a career after 13 years

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Tight end Jim Kleinsasser, who has been with the Minnesota Vikings since they drafted him in 1999, revealed Thursday that he will retire after this season.

"I still feel like I can play," Kleinsasser said, according to the Star Tribune. "I'm walking away with two legs that work great and my head is still intact, so I think I feel good about leaving the game right now and just kind of moving on."

Asked for the highlight of his 13-year career, he said: "Oh, just coming in and hanging with the guys. I can't say there's one single game or play or anything. We've had some great years. ... But coming into work and just hanging out with the guys and sitting in meetings and just the camaraderie of a bunch of guys sweating and bleeding together for a common cause, I think that's one of my biggest memories."

Kleinsasser, 34, is known mostly for his blocking, although he has 192 receptions for 1,688 yards in his career. He was a second-round pick (44th overall) by the Vikings out of North Dakota.

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