ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Former Broncos linebacker Al Wilson, who was sidelined with a neck injury since the end of the 2006 season, retired Wednesday.
The five-time Pro Bowler played his entire career with Denver, which drafted him out of Tennessee with the 31st overall pick in 1999.
Wilson was the undisputed leader in the locker room, even speaking at the funerals for cornerback Darrent Williams and running back Damien Nash, who both died in 2007 at age 24.
The 31-year-old Wilson finished his career with 21.5 career sacks and five interceptions.
Wilson hurt his neck running into a teammate on a tackle against Seattle on December 3, 2006. He was carted off the field. He was released after the season.
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