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Chicago tight end Zach Miller, a Bishop Neumann graduate, catches a touchdown pass against the Green Bay Packers in 2015.

After attempting to come back from a severe 2017 knee injury, Zach Miller is calling it a career.

The Chicago Bears tight end and Bishop Neumann graduate announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday on Instagram.

"I would love more than anything to step on Soldier Field one last time but I physically cannot give the game and our fans what they deserve," Miller wrote. "It's difficult to find words to express my love and gratitude to every single person that has cheered my name, picked me up and stood strong with me throughout my time in this league. I am forever grateful."

Miller played six seasons in the NFL, including his first three with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished with career numbers of 146 catches, 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Miller suffered a gruesome knee injury during the 2017 season against New Orleans. He dislocated his left knee and tore his popliteal artery, which hospitalized him for three weeks and required numerous surgeries.

The injury forced Miller to miss the entire 2018 season.

Miller was a dual-threat quarterback at Bishop Neumann and later flourished at Nebraska-Omaha.


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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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