Former Gopher Eric Decker

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Former Gopher Eric Decker retires from the NFL

He played 8 years after setting records at the U

August 27, 2018 - 6:13 am

   FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Former Gopher Eric Decker, who was an all-state wide receiver at Rocori High School in Cold Spring before setting records at the U of M and playing in the Super Bowl, says he is retiring from the NFL after an eight-year career with the Broncos, Jets and Titans.

   Decker had been in training camp with the Patriots this summer, but it wasn't clear he would make the roster.

   He said on Instagram on Sunday, "This has been a passion inside of me since I was a little boy but now it is time for me to hang up my helmet and start a new chapter in my life."

   Decker caught 439 passes for 5,816 yards and 53 touchdowns in his career. He had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons, including a career-best 1,288 yards on 87 receptions in 2013 with Denver, when he reached the Super Bowl for the only time in his career.

   He had two catches for 12 yards this preseason.

   Decker was selected by the Broncos in the third round (87th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

   In four seasons with the Gophers, Decker set career records of 227 receptions for 3,119 yards. His single-season best of 84 receptions in 2008 is also a Golden Gopher record.

   On Oct. 4, 2008, Decker tied a single-game Gopher mark with 13 catches in a 16-7 win over Indiana at the Metrodome.

   Decker was also on the Gopher baseball team, and was twice chosen in the baseball amateur draft.

   At Rocori, Decker was all-conference in football, basketball, and baseball. He had 2,156 receiving yards with 28 touchdowns in his prep career for the Spartans.