One of South Dakota's most accomplished NFL players is calling it a career. 10-year veteran and Vermillion, S.D. native Ben Leber announced to the Minneapolis, Minn. media today that he will retire from the league after 10 seasons on the gridiron.
The 33-year old linebacker, who was drafted by San Diego in 2002, compiled 395 tackles and 24 sacks during his tenure in the NFL.
A local fan favorite, Leber spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010. His best season coming in 2007, when he recorded 51 tackles and five sacks.
The former Kansas State star spent last year with St. Louis, but was plagued by injuries and a lack of playing time. In an interview, Leber said it's time to move on and focus on other things, such as football camps and charity work.