Players union president Mawae ends football career

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae, the president of the NFL Players Association, is retiring from the league after 16 seasons, he said Friday.

"Reaching different milestones in a career just adds to your memories when your playing days are over," the eight-time Pro Bowl selection said in a statement on the players union's website (www.nflplayers.com).

He will remain as the NFLPA president until his term expires in 2012.

Mawae, 39, spent the past four seasons with the Titans, but the team did not renew his contract. He also has played for the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina. Editing by Steve Ginsburg; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)