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Former Falcon Jacob Tamme retires

The NFL’s most hated man rides off into the sunset.

San Diego Chargers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Jacob Tamme spent two years with the Atlanta Falcons, somehow picking up the designation of most hated man in the NFL, before becoming a free agent heading into 2017. He never signed with a new team, and now he has announced his retirement from the league.

Tamme, 32, is younger than me (oh god) but is hanging it up after nine productive seasons. Tamme was never fleet of foot or a bone-rattling blocker, but he was a solid, productive pass catcher for many years, including a 67 reception, 4 touchdown season with Peyton Manning and the Colts; a 52 reception, 2 touchdown season with...Peyton Manning and the Broncos; and a 59 yard, 657 yard campaign with the Falcons and Matt Ryan in 2015. An injury robbed him of a significant portion of the 2016 season, paving the way for Austin Hooper to take over the gig.

Tamme finished his career with 259 receptions for 2,570 yards and 14 touchdowns, and said goodbye in his typical personable way on Twitter.

Tamme also somehow was featured in a poll that was nominating the most hated players in the NFL, and to his credit, he campaigned to win it (and did).

I don’t know what Tamme’s next move will be, but we wish him well, and hope we’ll catch him in a pregame show or on a broadcast someday.