EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl has retired after an 11-year career that included two Super Bowl championships.
Diehl announced his retirement on Friday after getting permission from his 7-year-old daughter to walk away from football.
The fifth-round draft pick became a cornerstone of tough offensive lines. Diehl missed only 12 games in his career in which he started at every position on the line but center.
Diehl's daughter, Addison, accompanied him to the training center Friday and told team president John Mara that she had "allowed" her dad to retire.
Diehl was selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl.
He was the only Giants player whose arrival predated Coughlin and Eli Manning. With his retirement, the longest-tenured Giants are guard Chris Snee and Manning.