PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is retiring after 15 NFL seasons.
Palmer, who turned 38 final week, made the announcement in an open letter launched Tuesday by the Cardinals. Palmer missed the final 9 video games of what could be his last season with a damaged left arm.
He known as his lengthy skilled profession “probably the most unbelievable expertise of my life.”
The assertion got here sooner or later after Cardinals coach Bruce Arians introduced his retirement. Arians and Palmer spent the final 5 seasons collectively.
Palmer was a Heisman Trophy winner at USC and the No. 1-overall decide by Cincinnati in 2002. He threw for 46,247 yards, 11th-most in NFL historical past, in a profession with the Bengals, Oakland and Arizona.
“Once I entered the league, I used to be a 23-year-old child,” Palmer wrote. “I am leaving a 38-year-old husband and father of 4 with reminiscences and experiences that I’ll treasure for the remainder of my life. And like most issues in life, it feels prefer it all handed in a blink of an eye fixed.”
Acquired by the Cardinals for under a sixth-round decide and a swap of seventh-rounders, Palmer had a few of his biggest success in Arizona.
In 2015, he set single-season franchise information for yards passing (four,671) and touchdowns (35) whereas main the Cardinals to a 13-Three document, second-best within the NFC. He gained his solely playoff recreation that season, in extra time over Inexperienced Bay.
Palmer twice got here again from vital knee accidents.
“My household and I are past grateful for every part the sport has given us in addition to the love and assist we have felt from followers in all places we have been. That is been very true in Arizona, the place we by no means anticipated to finish up however wound up being such a particular place for us.”