One of the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest rivals — both literally and figuratively — retired from the NFL in a unique way.
Massive 6-foot-4, 340-pound Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Haloti Ngata announced his retirement in a one-of-a-kind way befitting one of the league’s stars.
In an Instagram post, the 35-year-old former Oregon standout stood on top of Mount Kilimanjaro — the world’s tallest free-standing mountain — with a banner that read, “I’m retiring from the NFL on top.”
Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I’m retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I’m holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I’ve gained along the way. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” Walking away with no regrets, just peace in knowing I gave it my all and had a helluva lot of fun doing it. 💪🏽 #kissestotheskyformomanddad @ravens @detroitlionsnfl @philadelphiaeagles
Ngata was a five-time Pro Bowler who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in 2013.
The No. 12 pick in the draft by the Ravens in 2006, Ngata was an inside force with his raw power, athleticism and unique combination of size and speed.
Ngata finished his career with the Eagles in 2018, where he notched 17 tackles, including four for losses, a sack and three quarterback hits in 13 games.
His retirement probably was good news for centers and guards across the NFL and particularly at the Cowboys’ headquarters at The Star in Frisco.