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Former Florida Gators LB Channing Crowder Retires From NFL

Former Gators linebacker Channing Crowder announced his retirement today, less than two weeks after being released by the Dolphins. Crowder was a third-round pick by the Dolphins in the 2005 NFL Draft, started 13 games his rookie season, and was a loud and productive part of the Fins' defense for much of the last half-decade.

During his time at Florida he rung up numerous awards, including Second Team All-SEC in 2003 and ESPN as well as AP All-American in 2004. The unquestioned leader of the Gators defense during the Ron Zook years, Crowder has always been one to talk the talk. Whether it was playing very nicely with Matt Light, having tea in London (if he could find it), or "hypothetically selling jeresys," Crowder never shied away from the limelight.

Crowder finishes his career in the NFL with 469 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception through six seasons. Though it appears Crowder is calling it quits while still in his prime, we certainly wish Channing the best of luck in the future.