Matt Barkley has decided to retire after 13 NFL seasons, his agent announced Tuesday.
Matt Barkley will become a registered nurse.
Barkley, 34, made his debut as a starting quarterback for the New York Jets in 2005, after which he went undrafted and never played a regular-season game in his NFL career.
He was a two-time Pro Bowler, including an NFL-record three interceptions in his final season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Matt Barkley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007, but it was his retirement that cemented his place in NFL history.
His Hall of Famer brother, Brett, is the only other member of the Matt Barkley family to have been enshrined in the Pro Sports Hall of Famers.
Barkle, who had been in the league for 10 seasons, announced his retirement Tuesday in a letter posted on Twitter by his agent, Chris Brown.
“I want to thank the fans and the fans of this great league for giving me the opportunity to wear the uniform of the Dallas Cowboys,” he wrote.
“I want everyone to know I am 100 percent committed to Dallas and its fans and that I am proud to have worn their colors.”
Barkles contract was in jeopardy when he was released by the Jets after the 2005 season.
The Eagles had just won the Super Bowl and were looking to land another quarterback.
They eventually selected Carson Wentz in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft.
While Barkley’s contract with the Eagles lasted through 2019, he never played for another team after that.