Ninkovich had been absent since training camp started on Thursday, for what the team called personal reasons.
His connection to the entire team and organization was evident as virtually the entire team appeared in the media room with several players and coaches, including Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia, sitting on the floor.
This story will be updated. New England won the AFC East in each of Ninkovich's eight seasons with the team.
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Ninkovich was drafted in a class that also included Reggie Bush, Roman Harper, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief and Marques Colston, and due to his wife's ties to New Orleans, he's stayed in touch with a lot of those former teammates. He was a team captain in 2013 and 2015 and part of two Super Bowl championship teams. Ninkovich was never a Pro Bowler but he was always right in the thick of things, finishing his career with 46 sacks, 14 fumble recoveries and five interceptions.
While his career on the field has come to an end, Ninkovich said he is looking to make a splash in the media part of the National Football League, and hinted towards an interest in broadcasting.
Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich share an embrace at the end of Ninkovich's retirement news conference. I hope I can take that knowledge you've given me over the years, and if I'm coaching or in football or doing something, and pass it on to the next group of guys. "Nick [Caserio] said 'There's a guy, Rob, he should be on a roster, he should be in a camp and he's available so let's get him.' Really, it's just history after that". "Me and him have a great relationship, just being honest". "I love this game".