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Urbik announces retirement from NFL

Former Hudson Raider, University of Wisconsin and NFL lineman Kraig Urbik chats with a group of young campers during a break at the Raiders ABC and Raider Pride Football Camp in July 2017, at Newton Field. Urbik announced last week he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. File photo.

Former Hudson Raider Kraig Urbik announced on Twitter last week that he is retiring from the National Football League after nine seasons with three different teams.

Urbik most recently played with the Miami Dolphins in 2016 before being released on an injury settlement before the 2017 season due to a knee injury.

"Unfortunately, it became clear that while rehabbing from my latest knee injury, I wasn't coming back with a full recovery," he wrote on Twitter.

Urbik, 32, was drafted out of the University of Wisconsin in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. He started 57 games in six seasons with the Buffalo Bills from 2010-15 before making six starts with the Dolphins in 2016.

Urbik played primarily right guard during his career, including 84 games with the Bills, but also played some center and left guard.

In announcing his retirement, Urbik posted: "For the last 9 years I've been lucky enough to live out my dream of playing in the NFL. Unfortunately, it became clear that while rehabbing from my latest knee injury, I wasn't coming back with a full recovery. I've made the decision to retire. I want to thank the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins for giving me the privilege of playing for your teams. I am beyond grateful. Looking forward to starting this next chapter of my life with my wife Emily , son Harrison and newest addition due in May."

Urbik was a two-time All-Big Rivers Conference lineman at Hudson in 2003 and 2004 and team captain, MVP and first team all-state selection as a senior in 2004. He went on to earn a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin where he was a two-time All-Big Ten and All-American player with 50 career starts on the Badger offensive line.

Urbik's former Raider jersey number 60 was retired at a ceremony at the high school in January 2013, joining fellow alum and NFL All-Pro Jim Bertelsen's (1964-67) number 32 as the only two retired football numbers at Hudson.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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