By CBS3 Staff


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles announces he will retire from the NFL following the 2019 season. The three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion made the announcement in a letter on Saturday on the Eagles website.

“To Eagles fans everywhere, I want to thank you for the way you supported me every single day. I could feel it. You made my time here special.” he said in the letter.

Sproles mentioned that his favorite memory from his playing career will be the championship parade down Broad Street.

“My favorite memory from my career is the Parade of Champions down Broad Street. Seeing how this entire city, and it sure looked like the entire city was there, came together to rally behind this team is something that inspires you to want to go out and bring it home each and every year,” he said.

The Eagles brought Sproles back on a one-year deal in July but he has not played in a game since November after he was placed on injured reserve after being diagnosed with a torn right hip flexor.

Sproles was the 130th overall selection in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. He also played three seasons in New Orleans before being acquired by the Eagles in 2014.

In six seasons with the Eagles, Sproles appeared in 61 games and scored 17 touchdowns.

The Eagles tweeted out a video with highlights from Sproles’ career shortly after the announcement.

In 15 NFL seasons, Sproles ranks fifth in all-purpose yards.