An ex-Denver Broncos player decided to hang up his cleats on July 12.
Former Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse, 29, announced his retirement from professional football in an Instagram post.
“Since I was a kid, I always dreamed of being a professional athlete,” LaCosse wrote. “It started off with me just wanting to be like my dad, and it turned into something I wanted to dedicate my life to. There were countless ups and downs, but the people above were always there to help me. I truly got to live out my dream.”
LaCosse too informed his fans on Twitter.
LaCosse, a native of Naperville, Illinois, went to college at the University of Illinois. He signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2015, playing two games as a rookie and missing the entire 2016 season to a knee injury.
After three seasons with the Giants, he was signed to the Broncos’ practice squad in December 2017. In 2018, LaCosse saw his playing time increase, recording 24 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown in 15 games, five of which he started.
After not getting a contract from the Broncos in the following season, he signed with the New England Patriots, appearing in 11 games and starting eight of them. In what would be Lacosse’s last season recording NFL statistics, the Illinois product posted 13 receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown.
LaCosse opted out of the 2020 season due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. He returned to play for the Patriots in 2021 only to appear in just one game, spending most of the season on the practice squad.
The 29-year-old leaves the game with 34 appearances, 40 receptions for 403 yards and two touchdowns under his belt.
Training Camp Arrives Soon
Get ready, Broncos fans and those who live in the Denver area. Broncos training camp returns July 27 to UCHealth Training Center on July 27. Players will report to the team’s facility on July 16.
Denver will open 14 practices to fans this summer. The Broncos will be having a special “Training Camp: Back Together Saturday” event at the July 30 practice.
The team will hold a joint practice on August 11 with the Dallas Cowboys ahead of their home preseason matchup on August 13. They will take on the Buffalo Bills the following week in New York and will then head back to Empower Field at Mile High for the final preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Throughout training camp, preseason and, of course, the regular season, Broncos fans will get to watch new addition quarterback Russell Wilson. The Broncos will square off against his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, in the season opener in Seattle.
Due to the firepower that Wilson brings, along with a potent defense — including pass rusher Randy Gregory, second-year cornerback Patrick Surtain II, safety Justin Simmons and a potential full season from Bradley Chubb — the Broncos have five prime-time games scheduled for 2022, plus a nationally televised game in London and a game on Christmas Day.
It’s shaping up to be an explosive season for the Broncos, who are hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season, when they won the Super Bowl.
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