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Giants lineman Diehl retires

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New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl announced Friday that he is retiring after 11 seasons with the team.

He started the first 120 regular-season games of his career, and was a starter on two Super Bowl champion teams.

"I've accomplished everything I could possibly dream of as a football player," Diehl said in a statement. "If in 2003, anyone would have said that Dave Diehl, a fifth-round draft pick out of Illinois, would win two Super Bowls, play in the Pro Bowl and win every single Giant award possible, people would have said you're crazy. I have a lot to be proud of."

Diehl was known for his effort and ability to play multiple positions.

He played in 164 regular-season games played, tying Phil Simms for 12th on the franchise's all-time list.

He started 160 of those 164 games, plus all 11 postseason games in which he played.

In the regular season, Diehl started 65 games at left tackle, 42 at left guard, 26 at right tackle, and 27 at right guard. In the postseason, Diehl has 10 starts at left tackle, and one at left guard.

"When I think of David Diehl what comes to mind is his indomitable spirit," coach Tom Coughlin said. "He got the most out of his God-given ability and that's the best way that you can judge any individual."

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