Sylvester Stallone says its time to retire from playing Rocky

Ian Bush
November 28, 2018 - 3:21 pm
Feb 8, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A cutout of Sylvester Stallone in a Philadelphia Eagles jersey during Super Bowl LII champions parade.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Rocky is retiring.

Sylvester Stallone says it's time for him to hang up his gloves after 40 years of playing the boxer Balboa on the big screen.

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"I couldn't be happier because - as I step back, because my story has been told - there's a whole new world that's going to be opening up for the audience, for this generation," he said. 

In an Instagram post, Stallone says it's been his "ultimate privilege" to have created and starred as the ultimate Philly underdog who defies all odds. 

"Sadly all things must pass...and end," he wrote. "The most wonderful thing of all, is that Rocky will never die because he lives on in you."

He has been Rocky in five films, including "Creed 2" which is now in theatres.