Former Vol baseball and football player Todd Helton is retiring from the Colorado Rockies.

"I didn't want to say I was going to return and then come back in," Helton said before Sunday's game against Arizona. "I talked to my wife and thought about my body and mentally how I felt going out there for every game. I'm 40. It's time to go. It's a young man's game."

Helton has spent his entire 17-year major league career with the Rockies and set franchise records in nearly every offensive category.

His final game at Coors Field is slated for Sept. 25 against Boston.. The final game of his career figures to be Sept. 29 at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He's had a successful career, but there is one regret.

"Obviously, yeah, I wish we did win a World Series," Helton said. "But when I look at it, I think I was very blessed, fortunate to be in the World Series. I look at the lot of things we did accomplish and not the one we didn't."

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