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Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden retires after a decade in NFL

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Dallas Cowboys Darren McFadden rushes against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. File photo by Ian Halperin/UPI
Dallas Cowboys Darren McFadden rushes against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. File photo by Ian Halperin/UPI | License Photo

Running back Darren McFadden announced his retirement Tuesday after 10 NFL seasons.

McFadden was officially waived by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, although news of the impending release occurred the day before. He played his first seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders before joining the Cowboys.

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"I have been extremely privileged to play in the League a long time and now that time for me is done," McFadden said in a statement.

McFadden topped 1,000 rushing yards twice in his career -- compiling a career-best 1,157 for the Raiders in 2010 and 1,089 for the Cowboys in 2015.

Dallas drafted Ezekiel Elliott after that season and McFadden carried the ball 24 times in 2016 after suffering an elbow injury. The former Arkansas standout ran the ball just once this season before his release.

"Finally, I just want to say that I make this decision not with sadness or without further opportunity, but with a couple of days to reflect on how I feel and where I am at this stage of life," McFadden said. "I know that this is the right move for me. I look forward to what the future holds -- spending some more time with my family, pursuing some outside interests and, of course, going to a few Arkansas football games!"

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McFadden was the fourth overall pick of the 2008 draft. He rushed for 5,421 yards and 28 touchdowns and also had five receiving scores.

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