"I played the game with love, passion and relentlessly to prove to people your heart will take you as far as you want it to go," Mincey wrote. "Trust me. I had half the talent a lot of guys had in this league. What separated me from the others was my will for victory."
Initially picked by New England in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Florida, Mincey thanked the Patriots for "getting my foot in the door," the 49ers for "giving me a shot" and the Jaguars for "grooming me." Mincey also nodded at the Broncos "for the Super Bowl (XLVIII) experience" and the Cowboys "for exploiting my talents on and off the field."
An unsigned free agent this offseason, the 32-year-old Mincey spent the past two years in Dallas before undergoing elbow surgery in February. He finishes his career with 26 sacks over 62 NFL starts.
"Even after retiring my will for victory will remain," Mincey said. "Life is short and all great things must end sooner or later."