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Former Hokie Brandon Flowers to announce retirement from NFL

Flowers was an All-American in 2007 for Virginia Tech

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Former Hokie Brandon Flowers
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One of the finest defensive backs to ever come through Blacksburg will announce his retirement on Tuesday, per Steve Wyche of the NFL Network.

Brandon Flowers, who starred for the Hokies from 2004-2007, spent nine seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. After six seasons in Kansas City, Flowers was released and picked up by the San Diego Chargers.

He spent three seasons with San Diego before being released this March. Flowers missed 10 games in 2016 and was placed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion. A series of concussions reportedly led Flowers to reconsider his future after the Chargers released him.

In nine NFL seasons, Flowers appeared in 119 games, starting 117, had 490 tackles, 21 interceptions and 111 passes defensed. He also returned four interceptions for touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl in 2013.

During his time in Blacksburg, Flowers appeared in 41 games, made 157 tackles, including 17.5 for loss, picked off 10 passes and returned two for touchdowns. In his junior season, back in 2007, Flowers was a first-team All-ACC performer and was also named an All-American.

Flowers was one of several Hokies to come from Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, Florida.

Congrats on a great career, Brandon, and best of luck in the future.