Lions DT John Penisini announced retirement

John Benesney announced via Instagram early Saturday morning that he is retiring from the NFL after just two years into his career.

Bennisni commented on the post: “I have made the decision to retire from football.” “I will definitely miss my teammates and coaching staff but I’m glad I experienced it. I am happy and excited for whatever life has in store for me. For my family, friends, teammates, coaches and all the people who have supported my dream all the way, I appreciate and love you guys. Go Lions.”

Penisini was taken by the Lions in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Initially set up as a Lions-nose interference under Matt Patricia’s 3-4 defense, he’s been tougher in Detroit’s new defense under Aaron Glenn, which includes a more offensive front, Instead of a two-pronged plan, Penisini fits the skill set better.

Although Penisini did not provide a reason for his retirement, it is worth noting that the defensive intervention dealt with a very serious injury in the 2021 season. Calcium deposits accumulated in his shoulders the size of a softball, per head coach Dan Campbell.

“John Benicini had what looked like softballs in his shoulder which he fixed after the season following the fact,” Campbell explained. “It just looked like a bunch of calcium deposits that were in there. You wonder why when you saw the movie last year why he wouldn’t use his arm. Because he had issues. It’s his credit to playing with it and all that stuff.”

Penisini didn’t report to the Lions’ mandatory minicamp this week, but the Lions knew why and it’s clear they have given Penisini the opportunity to announce his retirement on his terms. Penisini’s NFL career ends with 32 games, 12 starts, 49 tackles, and one sack.

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