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CHICAGO’S HAMPTON THINKING OF RETIRING

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Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dan Hampton said Friday he is ready to retire from pro football because "I'm tired of not feeling worth a damn year-round."

Hampton, 32, an 11-year NFL veteran has undergone nine surgeries on his knee and has been hobbling around on crutches.He was most recently injured in the Sept. 17 game against Minnesota and underwent surgery 10 days later. Doctors have warned another serious injury could leave him crippled for life.

"I don't know whether it's this year or whether or not I can play next year," Hampton said. "But I'm ready to get out. I'm tired of limping around. I'm tired of being on crutches."

"I've played a long time. If I never play again it's not going to bother me."

A spokeswoman for the Bears said the decision on whether to return to the playing field will be left entirely up to Hampton. He is eligible to get off injured reserve Nov. 19.