Kory Lichtensteiger announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday morning. He spent seven seasons and started 75 games with the Washington Redskins. The last two seasons he was hampered with various injuries. In a statement released via the Redskins, Lichtensteiger thanked the organization.
“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to retire from the National Football League. I am grateful beyond words to the Washington Redskins organization. I would like to thank the ownership as a whole and specifically Dan Snyder and his family for the opportunity to play the bulk of my career here in Washington.
“I have had many great coaches and teammates and I owe a great deal to many people for helping me make a career in this league. For any newcomer or unestablished player to hang around, he has to have people who believe in him. I will forever be grateful to Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden for giving me that trust.
“I want to say thank you to the wonderful fans of the Washington Redskins. My chapter is ending, but there are great things happening in the organization! There is a lot to be excited for and I am ready to join the already great fan base in cheering for this team!
“I want to thank the entirety of my family for all their unwavering support and love. Surely, none of this would have been possible without them. Thank you to my agent, who has been with me through good times and bad.
“Finally, I would like to thank Bruce Allen and Scot McCloughan. When I came to them after the season and shared my thoughts, they were extremely gracious and agreed to let me to ‘retire a Redskin.’ This is a great business, but it is indeed a business. And for that reason, I am thankful to be treated as family in the final hour of my playing career. Hail to the Redskins!”
Lichtensteiger came to the Redskins in 2010 after one season with the Denver Broncos. He initially played left guard but in 2014, he shifted to center. The versatile offensive lineman was a stalwart for the offensive line. But injuries plagued him throughout his career and took away from his high-level of impact.
He tore his ACL in 2011, but a pinch nerve in his neck in 2015 haltered his season after just five games. He was placed on injured reserve with a destination to return. He returned for the Redskins’ wild card round loss to the Green Bay Packers.
He never quite regained the strength needed to hold the middle of the front line. He was often being outmuscled by physical defensive lineman. In 2016 he started three games despite his struggles. But a calf injury sent him to injured reserve for the second straight season, with a destination to return. He returned and appeared in the Redskins’ Week 13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Lichtensteiger’s retirement was rumored for the past month. Washington already was moving in the direction of revamping their offensive line, primarily left guard, which has been an Achilles heel of the offensive line since Lichtensteiger was moved to center three seasons ago. Spencer Long solidified the center position in Lichtensteiger’s absence this past season.