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Former Patriots, Giants RB Dion Lewis retiring from NFL

Former Patriots, Giants RB Dion Lewis retiring from NFL
Former New York Giants running back Dion Lewis (33), shown Sept. 20, 2020, played on the New England Patriots' Super Bowl teams in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Veteran running back Dion Lewis, who played eight seasons over 10 years and won a Super Bowl championship as a member of the New England Patriots, is retiring from the NFL.

Lewis' agent announced the retirement Friday on social media. ESPN first reported the news.

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Lewis, who played for the New York Giants in the 2020 season, fielded interest from teams as recently as last week, according to ESPN, but the tailback opted to step away from playing in the league.

The 5-foot-8 Lewis, who primarily served as a third-down back, recorded 3,833 yards from scrimmage and 22 total touchdowns over his NFL career. He was a member of the Patriots' Super Bowl teams in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Lewis, a fifth-round pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Pittsburgh, also suited up for the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.

In the 2020 season, Lewis notched 115 rushing yards on 29 carries while catching 19 passes for 127 yards for the Giants, scoring three touchdowns.

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Lewis, who will turn 31 in September, didn't play in the 2013 and 2014 campaigns while he recovered from a broken leg.

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