Two time Super Bowl champion Brandon Jacobs has announced his retirement on Thursday. The news is coming just days after he was contemplating on whether to continue playing in the NFL.
“After nine years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats,” Jacobs said in a statement on the New York Giants website. “I’ve had an amazing run and I appreciate all of the support from the fans through the good and bad. The New York Giants are a great organization and I am proud to have been a part of it for so long.
“I love my coaches and my teammates and will miss them as well as the game itself but I am healing well from my surgery and I look forward to running around with my kids for years to come,” Jacobs added.
Jacobs was placed on injured reserve last December following a surgery to repair osteo-arthritis in his left knee. According to the New York Daily News, Jacobs said that his kids played a big role in his decision.
The 6’4″, 264 pound running back began his NFL career in 2005 after being drafted by the New York Giants in 2005 with the 110 pick in the fourth round. He spent eight seasons with New York and one injury plagued season with the San Fransisco 49ers in 2012. Jacobs returned to the Giants last season, where he rushed for 238 yards and scored four touchdowns.
The former Southern Illionis Salukis finishes his career with 5,094 yards rushing and 60 touchdowns. He also had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in 2007-2008.
While he was cleaning out his locker, he exclaimed that he will always be a Giant, an organization that he loves, per the New York Daily News.
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