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25-Year-Old Defensive Tackle From Detroit Lions Announces Sudden Retirement Less Than 100 Days Before Season Starter

Published 06/12/2022, 5:53 PM EDT

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The Detroit Lions had the second-worst record last season. It was a disappointing campaign for the team. It came after the Lions lost their long-term quarterback Matthew Stafford to the LA Rams. The spirits around their camp were high ahead of the next season, but one of their young players announced his retirement.

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John Penisini, the 25-year-old defensive tackle, has decided to hang his cleats. It came as a surprising decision because Penisini was so young. He wasn’t a sure-shot starter on the Detroit Lions team, but he used to play on a rotational basis.


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John Penisini announced his retirement via a post on his Instagram account. He wrote, “I have made the decision to retire from football. I’m definitely going to miss my teammates and the coaching staff but I’m glad I got to experience it. I’m happy and excited for whatever life has for me…”


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Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campell spoke after Penisini had announced his retirement. He said, “They’ve really thought it out and tried to at least look out and they’ve got a plan, they’re able to know they’re about to make a decision that they can walk away from and never look back on. So that’s part of it.”

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John Penisini had played two seasons for the Lions. He had recorded 23 solo tackles, 26 assists, 1.0 sacks, and one fumble recovery. Even though it was an early end to his career, Penisini certainly lived his dream of playing in the NFL.


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Will Detroit Lions have a better season this year?

Last season was a one to forget for the Detroit Lions. They had an abysmal record of 3-13-1 last season. Even though they lost so many games, many were very close. Moreover, it was the reason why the whole camp was disheartened last season. Every time they came so close but couldn’t get the job done.

The Lions drafted Aidan Hutchinson with the 2nd overall pick in the draft, and he is a home-grown talent. He is excited to play for the franchise, and maybe he will bring a fresh breath of air. The Detroit Lions are likely to have a better season than last year.


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Written by:

Abhimanyu Chaudhary


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Abhimanyu Chaudhary is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Sharda University. Abhimanyu has been a life-long fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Liverpool FC.
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