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NFL: Kyle Boller retires from football

Hart High grad calls it quits after eight-year NFL career

Posted: July 29, 2012 5:30 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2012 5:30 p.m.

Former San Diego Chargers quarterback and Hart high graduate Kyle Boller takes part in a Chargers' practice on Friday in San Diego.

One day after signing with the San Diego Chargers, Hart High graduate Kyle Boller announced his retirement from the NFL, The Associated Press confirmed Saturday.

Boller, 31, spent eight years as a professional quarterback after being picked 19th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

He played in Baltimore for five seasons before playing a year for the St. Louis Rams and the past two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

As an unrestricted free agent, the former University of California, Berkeley star signed a one-year contract with the Chargers on Friday after Charlie Whitehurst, another backup quarterback on the team, injured his knee during a practice.

Boller participated in one practice with his new team.

“I met with him this morning and he does not want to continue to play football,” Chargers head coach Norv Turner said in a press conference.

In the last two years with the Raiders, Boller played in seven games, completing 17-of-32 passes with 186 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions.

He didn’t see any regular time as a starter in Oakland.

Boller’s best NFL season came in 2004, when he passed for 2,559 yards and 13 touchdowns while starting all 16 games.

Throughout his pro and college career, Boller dealt with injuries, including  torn quadriceps and multiple shoulder injuries.

In college, he served as a regular starter all four years at Cal, earning

All-Pac-10 second-team honors in 2002 as senior in addition to an honorable mention nod in 2001.

As a senior at Hart, Boller led the team to a 12-2 record that included a CIF-Southern Section Division III title in 1998.

He was named the state player of the year that season.

Until Saturday, Boller was one of two Hart graduates currently playing as quarterback in the NFL, with Miami Dolphin Matt Moore also holding that distinction.


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