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Jared Allen retires on horseback [VIDEO]

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It's already been a good week for former Minnesota Vikings doing cool stuff with social media. First we had Chris Kluwe going knives-out nuts on Peyton Manning. 

Today brings us Jared Allen, the former Vikings defensive end and one-time NFL sack king. Allen played last season with the Carolina Panthers, but was limited by injury, recording just two sacks all year.

That's probably why Allen announced his retirement from pro football. The reason why Allen retired the way he did, by riding away on his horse, is because Jared Allen is an awesome funny cowboy who just happened to make a living as a football player.

"This was the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset," said Allen, glancing at the grey skies behind him. "But there's no sunset, so, I'm just gonna' ride off."
— Jared Allen (@JaredAllen69) February 18, 2016
Allen spent five seasons with the Vikings, and peaked here. His peak was about as good as anyone's has ever been: The 22 sacks Allen recorded in 2011 came just short of Michael Strahan's all-time single season record of 22.5. 

But many Minnesotans will remember Allen just as fondly for his occasional surprise appearances at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown, where he'd hang and sing with University of Minnesota undergrads. And for stuff like this.

Ride on, Jared. You will find that sunset some day.