The 27-year-old cited a lack of passion to fully commit himself to the sport anymore. 

Vickery, who joined the Hawks in 2016 during the free-agency period, said he has plans to pursue other opportunities out of AFL. 

“It hasn’t been an easy call to make,” Vickery said in a statement.

“Football has been a huge part of my life, but I don’t have the same passion for the game that I once did.

“The break gave me a real chance to think about the future and solidified that I’m ready for the next chapter of my life.

“To have the freedom to travel and explore other opportunities away from football is something I’m really looking forward to and a big part of my decision.

“I’d like to thank Hawthorn and Richmond Football Club for all the support and opportunities over my career.

“I’ve been blessed to play at two great clubs and I’ll leave the game with a lot of close mates and great memories.”

Vickery, who was pick 8 in the 2008 draft, retires after making 125 AFL appearances and scoring 160 goals.