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TE Jay Riemersma to retire from NFL

ZEELAND, Mich. (Jan. 24, 2006) -- Former Bills tight end Jay Riemersma, who hasn't played since tearing his right Achilles' tendon in a game more than a year ago, is retiring, his agent said.

Given the nature and severity of the injury, it would be too difficult for Riemersma to play again, said Jack Wirth, his Chicago-based agent.

Riemersma, 32, went undrafted in 1996 after a college career at Michigan but signed with the Buffalo Bills, where he played until 2002. He joined the Steelers before the 2003 season and tore the tendon in December 2004. Pittsburgh released him Feb. 25.

In 112 career games, he caught 221 passes for 2,524 yards, an average of 11.4 yards per catch, and scored 23 touchdowns.

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