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Former Jets DE Stephen Bowen announces retirement after 10 seasons

Stephen Bowen played the final season of his 10-year career with the Jets. AP Photo/Duane Burleson

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Defensive end Stephen Bowen, who enjoyed a one-year homecoming last season with the New York Jets, is retiring from the NFL after 10 seasons.

The Washington Redskins made the announcement on Wednesday morning. Bowen, 32, played for the Redskins from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2006 to 2010.

Bowen played his high school and college ball in the New York area, so it was fitting that he got a chance to play his final season in his hometown. He played at Half Hollow Hills West High and Hofstra University.

He didn't have a large role for the Jets, as he played only 134 defensive snaps, but he was an elder statesman for the Jets' young and talented defensive line. He recorded eight tackles and no sacks in 15 games.

Bowen, always known as a run-stopper, recorded 10.5 sacks and played in 128 games in his career for three teams. Not bad for someone who wasn't drafted out of college.