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Darnell Dockett retires as Arizona Cardinal

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Darnell Dockett, the big, boisterous defensive lineman who overcame a rough childhood to thrive in the NFL, said goodbye to the league the way he wanted - as an Arizona Cardinal.

The 35-year-old player signed a one-day contract with the team on Monday and announced his retirement at a news conference.

Dockett, never at a loss for words, said he's ''very thankful'' and ''beat the odds'' to make it in the NFL.

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Dockett played 10 seasons with Arizona after the Cardinals selected him in the third round of the draft out of Florida State.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, he finished his career with 40 1/2 sacks. Dockett tied a Super Bowl record with three sacks against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 game.

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