Don Muhlbach officially retires, joins the Lions front office

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Death, taxes and Don Muhlbach.

The longtime Lions long snapper is back with the organization where he played for 17 seasons. Muhlbach officially retired from the NFL on Friday and rejoined the Lions in a front office capacity.

Muhlbach is now a special assistant to GM Brad Holmes, head coach Dan Campbell and team president Rod Wood. He will assist the Lions leadership in both football and business operations.

Muhlbach released a statement via the team,

“It has been an honor and a privilege to wear the Honolulu Blue and Silver for the past 17 years. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to remain with this organization that has given me so much. I’m excited about this new chapter of my career and to have the ability to continue working towards the goal of bringing a winning culture to Detroit.”

The Lions released Muhlbach this summer after 17 seasons. Only Jason Hanson has played in more Lions games than Muhlbach, who ranks eighth in NFL history for games played with one team at 260.