SANTA CLARA - Anthony Adams, who began his NFL career with the 49ers in 2003, has announced his retirement with modern-day flair: via a hilarious YouTube video.
The defensive tackle's nine-year career actually came to an end a year ago, when the Chicago Bears released him after a five-season tenure.
Drafted in the second round out of Penn State in 2003, Adams played his first four seasons with the 49ers, starting 33 of 58 games in which he appeared. He had six sacks with the 49ers -- and several instances were his helmet popped off, to which he blames on a poor-fitting helemt.
Adams' retirement sendoff was the latest video he's compiled over the years that shows off an engaging and humorous side that made him a popular figure among his 49ers and Bears teammates.
After filing his retirement papers with the NFL on Friday, Adams told the Chicago Sun-Times: "It's kind of bittersweet, knowing that I've been playing football since I was 14 and now it's done, and I don't get to run out of a tunnel in front of 70,000 people anymore. But at the same time, I'm excited about the next chapter in my life."
Thanks to his latest YouTube artistry, Anthony Adams might soon be known as a modern-day Ansel Adams.