Robert Gallery retires

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The second overall pick in the 2004 draft, Robert Gallery has decided to retire today (Credit: AP Photo/Steven Senne)

After eight seasons in the NFL, Robert Gallery has decided to call it quits today. Gallery came into the NFL being hyped as a future great left tackle but fizzled into just an average guard. Considered to be a bust by some, Gallery could never quite adjust to the pro game at tackle. This March the former Oakland Raider and Seattle Seahawk signed with the New England Patriots.

Coming out of Iowa in the 2004 NFL draft, Gallery was viewed as a sure thing. He had won the Outland Trophy as college football’s best lineman and was widely regarded as a can’t-miss prospect and a franchise left tackle who could be penciled in for several Pro Bowls over the course of his career.

But it never worked out that way. Gallery often struggled with faster pass rushers, and after three years the Raiders decided he was a liability protecting the quarterback’s blind side and moved him to guard.

At his new position he carved out a solid second act to his career, but he struggled to stay healthy and eventually parted ways with the Raiders after the 2010 season. He played 2011 with the Seahawks and, after signing this year with the Patriots, said he thought New England was the right place for him to finish a career that he admitted had been less than ideal. As it turned out, he finished up his career earlier than expected.

Even though I hate being one of those people that look at past drafts and think what should have been, but I think it is time to look at the 2004 draft. Gallery was selected 2nd overall before players like Larry Fitzgerald (3rd), Philip Rivers (4th), Sean Taylor (5th), Kellen Winslow (6th), Roy Williams (7th), DeAngelo Hall (8th), Big Ben (11th), Jonathan Vilma (12th), Tommie Harris (14th) and Vince Wilfork (21st).

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