Former Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch announces retirement

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch has announced he will retire from the NFL after 11 seasons. A press conference is expected to be held on Wednesday afternoon at the team's headquarters in Allen Park.

Tulloch, 32, spent five years in Detroit until he was cut by the team before the 2016-17 season.

In 159 games throughout his career, he recorded 920 tackles, 659 of which were solo, as well as 57 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, five interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries.

He scored his only touchdown on Dec. 11, 2011 when he recovered a Vikings' fumble in the endzone with Detroit.

Tulloch spent his final season with the Philadelphia Eagles, playing in 12 games.

In his time with Detroit, he started 66 of 67 games, recording three interceptions, 340 tackles and 10 sacks.

He was also a staple in the Detroit community during his time with the Lions, launching Operation 55 through the Stephen Tulloch foundation. It helps Detroit Public Schools students and families affected by cancer.

With the program, he adopted 55 Detroit Public Schools to give them much-needed technology and learning tools.

He also grants multiple children their "wish" as they go through cancer treatment, as well as helping pay medical or home bills, including funeral arrangements and family care.

aHe also hosts over 250 cancer-striken families around Christmas by giving the children and parents their list of holiday needs and gifts.

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