Cowboys star retires at 28 

A former Dallas Cowboys standout has announced his retirement from the National Football League at the age of 28.

Leighton Vander Esch, 28, announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday afternoon. The former Dallas Cowboys great has sustained several significant injuries throughout the years.

The news was initially reported by ESPN NFL insider Todd Archer on Monday afternoon.

"Leighton Vander Esch announced his retirement today after a six-year stint with the Cowboys. A neck issue last season led him to make the decision. "The Cowboys released him last week," he said on Monday.

When healthy, Vander Esch was an outstanding linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, he was unable to maintain his health and suffered multiple injuries over the years. 

The Cowboys cut the former star linebacker last week, as we approach free agency.

Dallas suffered a heartbreaking Wild Card round loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The Cowboys won the NFC East but were eliminated in the playoffs, losing at home to the Packers. The Cowboys have already made a handful of free agent signings, but Tyron Smith has been lost to the New York Jets. 

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