On Thursday night, the 31-year-old announced his retirement from the NFL after nine years in the league; eight of which were spent with the Giants and won two Super Bowls with the team.
"After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats," he said. "I've had an amazing run and I appreciate all of the support from the fans through the good and the bad. The New York Giants are a great organization and I am proud to have been a part of it for so long."
Following winning Super Bowl XLVI with the team in February of 2012, Jacobs left as a free agent to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, but hardly played and feuded with head coach Jim Harbaugh which ended up leading to his release after one season away from New York.
Jacobs remained a free agent heading into the 2013 season, that was until the Giants desperately needed running back help following their 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in which David Wilson fumbled the ball twice and Da'Rel Scott allowed the game-turning interception late in the fourth quarter; plus Andre Brown's leg injury in the preseason and the Giants ended up re-signing Jacobs before Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.
In the 2013 season, Jacobs had 58 carries for 238 yards and four touchdowns in just seven games. His best performance was against the Chicago Bears back in Week 6 stepping in for the inured Wilson and had 106 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns in 27-21 loss.
His final game of the season and now career was back in late November against the Cowboys in which he had nine carries for 75 yards, but after the game, but suffered from a knee injury and was ultimately placed on season-ending injured reserve and eventually, leading to knee surgery.
The former fourth-round pick of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Southern Illinois rushed for 5,094 yards and had 60 career touchdowns; in 2008 he had a career-high 15 touchdowns to go along with 1,089 yards in the number one rushing attack in the NFL that season.
This past week, Jacobs said that if he were to play in the 2014 season, he would only do so for the Giants or else he'd rather retire, but because of his knee surgery, he chose to call it a career instead.
We at Giants 101 would like to wish Jacobs well with his life after football and congratulate him on a successful career in the league and with the Giants.
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