Former Hawkeye Pat Angerer retires from NFL

Former University of Iowa All-American linebacker and Bettendorf native Pat Angerer announced Tuesday that he's retiring from the NFL.

Angerer, 27, posted the news on Twitter on Tuesday morning.

"I want to walk away while I'm still able to give my wife and kids the man they deserve," he wrote. "I have given this sport all I got. It wouldn't be fair to the game, the team, my family and my name to continue along this path any longer. It's time to get healthy."

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Angerer was chosen 63rd overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. He played in parts of four seasons with the Colts, starting all 16 games in 2011 and recording a career-high 148 combined tackles.

He battled knee and foot injuries throughout 2012 and 2013, however, starting a combined 12 games before being released by Indianapolis in March.

Angerer was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons this offseason but was subsequently released as part of the team's preseason roster cuts.

"Talk about great guys, and great football players," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said of Angerer on Tuesday. "I just feel badly he couldn't stay healthy as a pro, because he is a tremendous football player."

Angerer played at Iowa from 2006-2009, recording 248 career tackles, which ranked 25th in team history at the time of his departure. He now ranks 31st in that category. His 145 tackles as a senior remains the fourth-best single-season total at Iowa, behind Andre Jackson (171, 1972), Abdul Hodge (158, 2005) and Chad Greenway (156, 2005)

The linebacker was named a second-team Associated Press All-American in 2009 and was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award.