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Former Ute Lowell Lotulelei retires from football

Just two weeks after signing an UDFA deal with the Denver Broncos, Lowell Lotulelei announced his retirement from the NFL

Former Utah standout and four-year starter at defensive tackle, Lowell Lotulelei, has announced his retirement from professional football.

After signing a $15,000 UDFA contract, the 6-2, 320 pound Lotulelei informed the Denver Broncos of his decision to step away from the NFL and pursue other ventures.

According to multiple sources, Lotulelei had impressed early on in Broncos minicamp and was expected to make a roster that was hoping to find more depth on the interior defensive line.

After bursting onto the scene his sophomore season, Lowell’s upperclassmen years at Utah were riddled with injury and less-than-consistent play – something that led a lot of scouts to question his desire to play the game. While it seems they were correct, Lotulelei reportedly doesn’t want to leave the game entirely, electing to enter his name into the coaching ranks instead.

The Bingham High product and younger brother of Buffalo Bills DT Star Lotulelei, Lowell was a consistent contributor in his four seasons on the hill.

Lowell Lotulelei at Utah

  • 4x All-Pac-12 defensive honors including first-team in 2015.
  • 4-year starter
  • 103 career tackles (21.5 TFL)
  • 10 sacks
  • 51 games played (43 started)

Lotulelei following his pro-day workout on March 29.

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