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7/12/02

Former Houston Oiler Hanging It Up

Former Houston Oilers offensive lineman Bruce Matthews is calling it quits. Matthews officially will end his NFL career after 19 seasons at a news conference on Monday in the offices of Tennessee Titans' owner Bud Adams in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reported the retirement on Friday night, but the Titans would not comment on the report. Team spokesman Robbie Bohren confirmed the Titans have scheduled a news conference for Monday. The announcement has been expected since the end of last season, but the man who had played more NFL games (296) than anyone in the league's history except kickers had kept his options open just in case he wanted to return.

Matthews will turn 41 on August 8th. He never missed a game due to injury in his career. Deciding to quit wasn't easy, but he told the Chronicle that he will devote himself to being a husband and father to his five sons and one daughter.

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