Former 49ers center Jeremy Newberry announced his retirement today via his Facebook page. The 12-year veteran posted the news in his Facebook status update, drawing an end to a career in which Newberry played in 120 regular season games (90 with the 49ers plus three postseason contests).
The two-time Pro Bowl lineman is a Bay Area native, who grew up in Antioch and attended school at Cal-Berkeley. He was a second round draft pick (58th overall) of the 49ers in 1998. After an ACL injury kept him on the sidelines for most of his rookie season, Newberry returned in 1999, starting 79 of the next 80 games.
Newberry was also a three-time winner of the Bob McKittrick Award, given to the 49ers’ most outstanding lineman. He also received the Ed Block Courage Award in 2005 and 2003.
After his nine season in San Francisco, Newberry played one season for both Oakland and San Diego. Newberry signed with the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason.
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