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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 1 45 Rob Ninkovich After 11 years in the NFL, and two Super Bowl rings in New England, Rob Ninkovich retired on July 30, right before the start of the Patriots' training camp. In an emotional news conference in front of more than 30 New England players and coaches, Ninkovich thanked many in the organiza- tion that gave him a chance when he was down to his last NFL opportunity, after multiple cuts by other teams. To Coach Bill Belichick, "Coach, I gave you everything I had," Ninkovich said. "And I hope it was enough. I love this game. Hopefully my playing career has taught me a lot and playing for you I learned a tremendous amount. I hope I can take that knowledge you've given me over the years, and if I'm coaching or in football or doing something, and pass it on to the next group of guys. So thank you." Ninkovich, 33, finished his career with 46 sacks, five interceptions and 24 combined fumbles forced and recovered, all while playing linebacker and defensive end for the Patriots. He was a Purdue defensive end from 2004-05. Tampa Bay Buccaneers #64 OT Kevin Pamphile #96 DE Ryan Russell Oakland Raiders #82 TE Gabe Holmes Detroit Lions #62 DT Bruce Gaston New Orleans Saints #9 QB Drew Brees Dallas Cowboys #30 CB Anthony Brown Carolina Panthers #99 DT Kawann Short Atlanta Falcons #37 S Ricardo Allen Seattle Seahawks #56 DE Cliff Avril #64 G Jordan Roos Washington Redskins #91 LB Ryan Kerrigan BOILERS The following is a look at former Boilermakers who are on rosters during camp Houston Texans #33 RB Akeem Hunt Jacksonville Jaguars #29 CB Josh Johnson Photos courtesy of New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers Tennessee Titans #71 G/T Dennis Kelly San Francisco 49ers #31 RB Raheem Mostert Free Agents FB Brandon Cottom DE Evan Panfil CB Frankie Williams Green Bay Packers #16 WR DeAngelo Yancey Los Angeles Chargers #9 WR Cameron Posey New England Patriots #74 OL Jason King — Kyle Charters

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