Friday, June 02, 2006

JS Online:Notes: Levens retires as Packer

Very nice gesture on the part of the Green Bay Packers for Dorsey Levens, as he officially retires as a Packer:

In a symbolic move, the Green Bay Packers on Thursday signed former Pro Bowl running back Dorsey Levens so he can officially retire today as a member of the team with which he began his National Football League career.

The transaction was confirmed by general manager Ted Thompson Thursday afternoon through a team spokesman.

Levens, 36, was drafted in the fifth round out of Georgia Tech in 1994 by then-general manager Ron Wolf. He went on to play eight seasons with the Packers and made the Pro Bowl in 1997 after rushing 329 times for 1,435 yards and seven touchdowns and catching 53 passes for 370 yards and five touchdowns.

His 1,435-yard season ranks as the third-best in Packers history, and he also ranks fifth all-time in rushing yards with 3,937 in 1,006 attempts.

Levens signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002 and the New York Giants in 2003 and returned to the Eagles for a final season in 2004. In 11 seasons he rushed 1,242 times for 4,955 yards and 36 touchdowns and caught 304 passes for 2,334 yards and 17 touchdowns.

JS Online:Notes: Levens retires as Packer