David Diehl is expected to retire in the coming weeks

David Diehl, an 11-year veteran, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming weeks as his body can no longer withstand the pounding in the NFL trenches. He’ll walk away as one of the most durable, toughest and versatile offensive linemen in Giants’ history.

Drafted in the fifth round (160th overall) in 2003 out of Illinois, Diehl was no sure bet to make the roster. Not only did he make the team, he became the first rookie to start all 16 games since tight end Mark Bavaro in 1985.

Diehl, 6-foot-5, 315 pounds (most of his career), started the first 120 regular-season games and seven postseason games of his career over seven-plus seasons, the longest such streak by a Giant since the start of the 16-game season in 1978.

The Giants team could be losing quite the amount of players this year, they will need to have a special draft.

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