The news that Jeff Backus had decided to retire came as somewhat of a surprise today. He never stated he would return but Backus was still a functional left tackle and had recently been working out at the team’s facility.
Still, his heart led him to make the decision to retire and so the Lions will look for someone else to protect their franchise quarterback’s blindside.
It was obvious how much respect Backus has in the Lions locker room. A number of players sent out tweets about him after the news broke. Here are some of them:
I will miss having JB guarding my blindside this year. Jeff is a pro that all of us aspire to be on and off the field. A great warrior! #76
— Matthew Stafford (@Staff_9) March 14, 2013
Just got word Backus is retiring…12 solid years what an accomplishment! Best of luck!
— Nick Fairley (@Nick_Fairley251) March 14, 2013
Sad to hear the retirement of Jeff backus… One of the hardest working men in the NFL. True warrior
— Travis Lewis (@TravisLewis28) March 14, 2013
Jeff Backus was a warrior and a pros pro…
— Lawrence Jackson (@LoJackson94) March 14, 2013