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Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Darnell Dockett is bowing out after a stellar 10-year career that featured 459 tackles, 40.5 sacks and a shared record for the most quarterback takedowns in a Super Bowl.

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Dockett is set to announce his retirement Monday, per a source with knowledge of the situation.


The outspoken pass rusher and Twitter raconteur, known as much for his brutal honesty and insight as his effective pass rushing techniques, was a former third-round pick out of Florida State and will go down as one of the best defensive players in Cardinals history. Dockett will end his career at No. 7 on Arizona’s all-time sack leaders list, No. 10 all-time in fumble recoveries and No. 13 in tackles.

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Dockett’s best season, 2009, coincided with Arizona’s last run to the Super Bowl. In a game best remembered for Santonio Holmes’ pinky-toe catch in the end zone, Dockett had the unenviable task of bringing down Ben Roethlisberger — something he managed to do three times before the final whistle.

Never leaving much to the imagination, Dockett posted about an impending retirement on Twitter a few days ago via his official account.

Shortly after, the Cardinals announced a Monday news conference featuring Dockett, team president Michael Bidwill and coach Bruce Arians.

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Dockett sounds like he’s ready to treat us to more Twitter honesty, which is exactly what his most ardent supporters were hoping for.

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