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Former Bear Corey Wootton retires from the NFL

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In what has become a common theme this off-season, another relatively young NFL veteran player has decided to hang ‘em up. Corey Wootton, who was originally a draft pick of the Chicago Bears, has announced his retirement via social medial.

Wootton probably could have been a 1st or 2nd round selection had it not been for an injury suffered at Northwestern. He ended up being picked by the Bears in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Wootton began his career at defensive end for the Bears, but injuries along their interior prompted them to move him to defensive tackle. The 6’6”, 270 pound Wootton moved inside without complaint.

He had 12 sacks in his career, with the 1st one being the most memorable. That was the sack that ended Brett Favre’s career.

That sack led to one of the more iconic pictures in Chicago Bears history.


Corey Wootton played 2014 with the Minnesota Vikings and he signed with the Detroit Lions in May of 2015, although he never played for them.

His 1st sack came as a Bear against the Vikings, but his last sack came as a Viking against the Bears.

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images