Defensive tackle Quinton Dial played four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, the team which selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft, before spending 2017 with the Green Bay Packers. He announced his retirement via Instagram on Thursday night while thanking the two organizations he played for, the fans, former 49ers coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Tomsula, and former general manager Trent Baalke.

"I've faced a lot of injuries throughout my career and I feel it is in my best interest to hang up the cleats and pursue another career," Dial wrote. "I am excited about what the future holds for my family and I."

The 49ers released Dial on September 2, 2017, and the Packers signed him three days later. He recorded 126 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and four passes defensed through 46 games and 32 starts in four seasons with San Francisco.

Dial registered 19 combined tackles and a pass defensed during his one season with Green Bay, where he appeared in 13 games with two starts.

Dial has not played since the 2017 season.

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This is my official announcement to you and the NFL of my retirement. I want to thank the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers for the opportunity that you gave a country boy from a small town in Alabama when no one else would. To the fans, thanks for the countless memories that have made the last five years something special. Coach Harbaugh, Coach Tomsula, and Trent Ballake thank you for the incredible opportunity you guys gave me. The relationships I've made over the last five years in and out of the locker room I will cherish for the rest of my life. I knew this day would come but I didn't know when. That is why I've prepared myself since becoming an NFL player; because you are one play away from your career being over. I've faced a lot of injuries throughout my career and I feel it is in my best interest to hang up the cleats and pursue another career. I am excited about what the future holds for my family and I. Again, thank you all for the countless support over the years! I will miss all of you guys! #TeamDialOut

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