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New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs Announces Retirement from NFL After 9 Years

January 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

The odds for Brandon Jacobs playing again in the NFL were just too great, so the long-time running back of the New York Giants decided not to chance it any further.

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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10 Responses to “New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs Announces Retirement from NFL After 9 Years”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Congrats, big man!

  2.  jfunk says:

    Glad the big guy got to come back and retire in Blue properly. He got to put up two really excellent performances where he trucked a few people to erase any memory of that lost 2012 year too.

    While he will never suit up again, I do believe this is not the last we’ll hear from Brandon on things Giants related.

  3.  stuh says:

    A smart move. Don’t hang around when you can’t play up to your standards. He brought toughness to the team and was a nice complimentary back to Bradshaw. He played hard and didn’t back down. Never a star but a good player.

  4.  James Stoll says:

    A little late to the party. Gilbride gone. . Just like that, something new to look forward to. Now, if Danny boy can just see his way to dress Perry in maroon and gold, we might have something

  5.  rlhjr says:

    Not a position/player on the team who wouldn’t benefit from the fire this dude brought to the table every time he laced em up. Well done BJAC.

    •  James Stoll says:

      I was actually more impressed with BJ this season than in any of his previous 7. Although we always knew it, the intensity with which he desired to play for this team, and this team alone, is a very rare thing in today’s sporting world.

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    If Snee and Diehl join these two some here will be at a loss for words for the joy that they will have.

  7.  Krow says:

    One of my fav players. Tough and crazy. And he robbed the 40 Whiners too. That was sweet. Give him a job Reese !

  8.  James Stoll says:

    Now that Gilbride is gone, the giants have to focus on trying to make the offensive line better immediately
    For all Gilbride’s deficiencies, real and perceived, there is no question that this season (and last to a smaller degree) were heavily impacted by personnel along the line.
    Pugh is the only guy right now who looks like a keeper.
    Beatty was so bad this year that almost anyone not named David Diehl would be an upgrade. He’ll get another year to prove he can play better assuming he heals quickly from that leg break. If he doesn’t, the Giants are looking at needing 3-4 new starters, plus legit depth; a total of 6-7 new faces.
    Baas will likely be given one last shot at redemption given how many other parts are needed and because there is not other true center on the team. Boothe may be kept as depth. Goodwin and Mosely seem poised to be given a chance to compete.
    But let’s face it, other than Pugh, any lineman on this roster presently is suspect.
    They need to upgrade in FA and devote upwards to three draft picks.
    They need to get better in a hurry if the team is to compete next year.
    That means Snee has to go. It’s a pipe dream that he will return healthy for the first time in 5 seasons and be a good guard again. His contract is killing us.
    Diehl needs to go as he just can’t compete any longer.
    And JR has to draft guys who aren’t long term projects.
    With a new OC, if the personnel along the line mirrors this season, JR is going to have a lot of splainin’ to do come next January.

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