Ex-49ers WR Brandon Lloyd announces retirement


Editor's note: The above video is from Dec. 29, a day after the 49ers' 2014 season ended.

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, 34, who began and ended his 11-year NFL career with the 49ers, on Thursday announced his retirement from football.

“I am so thankful for the years I spent in the NFL,” Lloyd said in a statement. “I do not have one regret, and I am blessed to leave the game in such a healthy and happy place. I will do all I can to positively represent the league and its players for the rest of my life.”

Lloyd was a fourth-round selection of the 49ers in 2003. He spent his first three NFL seasons with the 49ers, appearing in 45 games, catching 105 passes for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was traded to Washington in 2006. He also played for Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and New England before returning to the 49ers last season after being out of football during the 2013 season.

Lloyd appeared in 14 games last season and caught 14 passes for 294 yards and one touchdown.

Lloyd expressed gratitude toward former 49ers coach Dennis Erickson and ex-49ers wide receivers coaches Eric Yarber and Jerry Sullivan while announcing his retirement.

“Words cannot express how much I appreciate Dennis Erickson, Eric Yarber, Ron Turner, Josh McDaniels, Adam Gase, Jerry Sullivan and Steve Spagnuolo for truly believing in me,” Lloyd said. “They taught me to prepare and to believe in myself. Their faith in me will fuel all of my future endeavors.

“Playing alongside Kyle Orton, Chris Cooley, Champ Bailey, Chris Long, Steven Jackson and Tom Brady made me a better player and made me a better person.”


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