Former Georgia offensive lineman John Theus watches the clock late in the game against the Auburn Tigers Nov. 16, 2013, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn Ala.
Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Former UGA tackle John Theus thanks Bulldogs fans in retirement announcement

Tennessee Titans offensive tackle John Theus announced his retirement from football Wednesday in a statement on Twitter.

Theus, who played at Georgia from 2012-2015, played in only four NFL games after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He was waived in September 2016 and had stints with three other teams including the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints before Wednesday’s announcement.

Theus, 24, thanked his family and former coaches in his statement and announced he would be returning to the University of Georgia to finish his degree.

“After a lot of thought and prayer, I have made a personal decision to step away from the game of football,” Theus wrote. “This is a difficult decision for me, but I know it’s the right decision the right time ... As I look back, I realize that I have been blessed with great support through the years and wouldn’t have made it this far without them.”

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