You could say the NFL’s Haloti Ngata is leaving the game at his peak.
The Super Bowl-winning defensive tackle announced his retirement Monday atop Mount Kilimanjaro, ending his 13-year career “on top,” according to a sign he held at the summit.
It makes sense for a 6 foot 4, 340-pound mountain of a man to call it a career on a mountain ― Africa’s highest at 19,341 feet.
The 35-year-old spent last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, three previous with the Detroit Lions and his first nine with the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he won a Super Bowl in 2013.
“Walking away with no regrets, just peace in knowing I gave it my all and had a helluva lot of fun doing it,” he wrote in his Instagram caption.
Ngata, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, recorded 515 tackles (190 assisted) and 32.5 sacks, according to NFL.com. Give the man credit, too, for one epic farewell.