Acclaimed Storm Linebacker Retires

Photo Credit: Tom Slattery
Photo Credit: Tom Slattery

Story by Matt Zimmer, Argus Leader

One of the Storm's all-time greats has called it a career.

Linebacker Tyler Knight announced on Sunday that he's retiring from pro football, posting a photo of his Storm helmet and jersey on Twitter with the hashtags #supermanhasleftthebuilding and #theend.

Knight leaves as one of the most decorated and celebrated players in Storm history.

A Little Rock, Ark., native and All-SWAC performer at Mississippi Valley State, Knight played a total of six seasons with Sioux Falls, winning five United Bowl championship rings, earning five All-IFL selections and winning consecutive IFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013 and 2014.

Knight retires as the IFL's all time leader in tackles with 852 and also finishes his career fourth in IFL history with 30.5 sacks. He also added nine interceptions, eight defensive touchdowns and a Storm record 24 blocked kicks.

Knight, 33, became a fan favorite over the years for his versatile play, hard hits and pregame entrance, when he donned a Superman cape as he emerged from the tunnel at the Arena and Denny Sanford Premier Center.

"One of the best to play the indoor game," Storm coach Kurtiss Riggs said of Knight. "Tyler was a talent that had very few holes in his game. Very good tackler, great speed sideline to sideline, intelligent, and brought a style and flash to the game that was appealing to fans."

Following a 2010 IFL debut with the Arkansas Diamonds, Knight debuted with the Storm in 2011 and after an impactful season was signed by the Kansas City Command of the Arena Football League in 2012. After that squad folded, Knight returned to Sioux Falls and was the dominant center of the Storm's 'Thunder Defense' for the next five seasons.

The Storm had a record of 79-9 in Knight's six seasons with the team.