Tony Scheffler retires after eight NFL seasons

Tony Scheffler retires after eight NFL seasons. (USATSI)
Tony Scheffler played for the Broncos and Lions during an eight-year career. (USATSI)

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After eight NFL seasons, and three concussions in the past four years, former Lions tight end Tony Scheffler told the Associated Press Wednesday that he's retiring.

A 2006 second-round pick of the Broncos, Scheffler calls it a career with 258 receptions for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns. One-hundred thirty-eight of those catches and 14 scores came in Denver, where he played from 2006-2009 before being traded to the Lions prior to the 2010 season.

From 2006 to 2009, Scheffler never ranked lower than 9th in Football Outsiders' TE efficiency metric, but wasn't nearly as productive from 2010-2013.

Detroit released Scheffler in October, and he later had workouts with the Bears and Chiefs. He told the AP there was "moderate" interest in him this offseason but the 31-year-old decided to move on from football. The next phase of his life includes getting his real estate license and working as an assistant coach at the high school in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan.

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