FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) — New England Patriots defensive stalwart Rob Ninkovich capped his 11-year NFL career by announcing his retirement after the team's morning practice at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

He was a two-time co-captain and won two Super Bowls with New England.

Ninkovich thanked the New England Patriots and fans on Sunday, saying "it wasn't an easy decision".

While his career on the field has come to an end, Ninkovixh says he is looking to make a splash in the media side of the NFL, as he hinted in an interest in broadcasting.