Philadelphia Eagles honor '12 incredible years' after Fletcher Cox retires

Fletcher Cox said goodbye to the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL on Sunday with a retirement announcement on Instagram.

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After 12 incredible seasons, 6 Pro Bowl nods, 4 All-Pro honors, and 1 Super Bowl victory, Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox has decided to call it a career.

On Sunday, the accomplished veteran posted a heartfelt message to Eagles fans, his past and present teammates, and the rest of the league that celebrated the people who helped him achieve such rare production at the highest levels of the sport.

Cox's retirement has been rumored for the past week and now he's made it official. Here is the original retirement post via Cox's Instagram account:

Following the announcement from Cox, the Eagles turned around with a quick post of their own—a video tribute that's sure to bring all the feels looking back at the 12 years he's given to the organization and the surrounding community.

Philadelphia Eagles fans are having quite an emotional offseason already with the official retirement of longtime center and future Hall of Famer Jason Kelce. It's quite possible Cox will be able to join him in the hallowed halls of Canton one day knowing how fearsome he helped make the Eagles defense for a long time.

Cox first joined the Eagles as a first-round pick out of Mississippi State in the 2012 NFL Draft. He made the PFWA All-Rookie team to begin his career and went on to put up 173 quarterback hits, 70 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, and 16 pass deflections. He was named to the league's All-Decade Team for the 2010s as a defensive tackle along with Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, and Geno Atkins.