Last season, the Miami Dolphins completely rebuilt their starting offensive line, looking to fix the issues they had keeping quarterback Ryan Tannehill upright during the 2013 season. Late in June, Miami recognized a need to boost the team's depth along the line following a hip injury to Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey. They filled that need with veteran Daryn Colledge.
Colledge played for nine seasons in the NFL with three teams, starting with the Green Bay Packers who made him a second round draft pick in 2006. After five seasons in Green Bay, he played three years with the Arizona Cardinals before reuniting with his former offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, the current Dolphins head coach, in 2014. He did not miss a game during his career until injuries forced him to sit out three games last season. He started 122 straight games in the NFL, and he won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers.
Colledge's agent announced the retirement in a series of tweets:
1/7 My friend and client @DarynColledge71 is retiring after 9 years in the NFL. Daryn did not miss a start, due to injury, during his 4— The NOVO Agency (@TheNOVOAgency) April 15, 2015
3/7 @AZcardinals. He had 122 consecutive starts in the NFL. He was a pro's pro. He retires with; a Super Bowl Championship, his health in— The NOVO Agency (@TheNOVOAgency) April 15, 2015
4/7 tact, great friendships, and financial stability. He is a licensed pilot, and the owner of his own plane, and partners with two former— The NOVO Agency (@TheNOVOAgency) April 15, 2015
5/7 Packer offensive linemen in a wine label, 3 FAT GUYS. He's moving to Italy for a year with his best friend, and wife, Megan and their— The NOVO Agency (@TheNOVOAgency) April 15, 2015
6/7 2 beautiful daughters. We should all be so lucky. He's truly a renaissance man. Congratulations on a career well played, and a life— The NOVO Agency (@TheNOVOAgency) April 15, 2015
7/7 well lived, thus far.— The NOVO Agency (@TheNOVOAgency) April 15, 2015