David Diehl considered retiring after the 2012 season. A knee injury pained him throughout the year, he had put in 10 good seasons and no one was going to take away his two Super Bowl rings.

But three of the great loves of Diehl’s life – the game of football, the Giants and, most of all, Addison, his now seven-year-old daughter – prompted him to play in 2013.

“She wants me to play forever,” Diehl said.

That dream expired today when Diehl announced his retirement, ending a distinguished 11-year career spent entirely with the Giants. The decision was clinched when he agreed to Addison’s plan to accompany him to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center to tell team president John Mara that she had “allowed” her dad to retire.

“It’s not very easy for my daughter to talk about me retiring and not playing football,” Diehl said. “The Giants are just as much family to her as they are to me. She’s been going to the games and at seven years old, she understands everything. She understands the game and the players and how important it is to play in the NFL. For her, my stepping away from something she loves as much as I do is not an easy thing.”

It’s also difficult for Diehl. Few players worked harder, played with more enthusiasm or were more popular among teammates. He is arguably the most accomplished fifth-round draft choice in Giants history. The 160th overall selection of the 2003 NFL Draft, Diehl missed only 12 games in 11 years. He started at four different offensive line positions, helped the Giants win Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, was selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl and personified the term “team player.”