Former Oregon Duck and New Orleans stalwart center Max Unger has surprisingly decided to retire from the NFL this afternoon at the age of 32. The 32-year-old Unger has been New Orleans’ starting center for the past four seasons after spending his first six NFL seasons out of Oregon with Seattle.


The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Hawaii native was an AP All-Pro in 2012 and has been to the Pro Bowl three times, in 2012, 2013 and 2018. He was acquired from Seattle in a trade for tight end Jimmy Graham after the 2013 season.

Unger quickly established himself as a captain and a leader for one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The athletic 6-foot-5, 305-pounder missed only one game over the past four years for New Orleans, starting the other 67, including the playoffs.

Unger, who turns 33 next month, was officially placed on the NFL’s reserve/retired list Saturday. He had one year remaining on his contract.