Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday. The 2016 season was Foster's eighth in the NFL and he spent the previous seven seasons with the Houston Texans after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2009 out of the University of Tennessee. Arian made four Pro Bowls during his career and was named First-Team All-Pro in 2010 and second-team All-Pro in 2011.

Houston Texans

As a rookie in 2009, Foster rushed for 257 yards on 54 carries and scored three touchdowns in only six games. He did enough to show the coaching staff that he could fulfill the starting role and got the job in 2010.

Arian would go on to lead the NFL in rushing with 1,616 yards and rushing touchdowns as he scored 16 times. Foster would only play a full 16-game season one more time as he battled injuries throughout his career.

Arian Foster is the Texans' all-time leading rusher as he rushed for 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns in 76 career games for Houston. He was never the fastest or the strongest running back in the league, but he possessed great vision and cutback ability that allowed him to thrive in Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme.

Arian's final season in Houston ended unceremoniously as he ruptured his Achilles tendon inWeek 7 against the Miami Dolphins. The Texans would place Foster on injured reserve and then the team released him in March of this year.

Miami Dolphins

Foster would remain on the free agent market for quite a while as teams wanted to see how he would recover from the Achilles injury. Finally, the Miami Dolphins offered Arian a one-year contract on July 18 as the team was short on running back depth.

Foster would win the starting running back job in training camp, but suffered a hamstring injury early in the year that allowed Jay Ajayi to move to the top of the depth chart.

Ajayi has now rushed for over 200 yards in each of his last two games and Foster suffered yet another lower-body soft tissue injury against the Buffalo Bills last week which led to this announcement.

It's tough to watch any great player have to hang it up, especially at only 30 years old, but it does seem as though time is right for Arian Foster.

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