NFL News of July 18, 2003

Tony Boselli quit his comeback from shoulder injuries yesterday and retired without playing a down for the Houston Texans.

Boselli, an offensive tackle who was in the N.F.L. for eight seasons, was the Texans’ first selection in the 2002 expansion draft. The team had hoped Boselli, 31, would be one of its building blocks.

”I am retiring because of medical reasons, specifically my left shoulder, which did not continue to improve to the point where I could play,” said Boselli, who joined Houston from Jacksonville after missing most of the 2001 season with the Jaguars.

Boselli allowed only 15.5 sacks in seven seasons with the Jags. The second selection over all in 1995, he was the franchise’s first draft pick. He became a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was all-Pro from 1997 to 1999.

— The New York Times “Shoulder Injuries End Boselli’s Career”

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