In what many (if not all) will find to be incredibly sad news, former New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon, who was entering the 2014 season as a member of the Chicago Bears, announced late on Tuesday night that he had suffered his third ACL tear and would, subsequently, be retiring from the NFL.
"I tore my ACL today for the 3rd time today," Hixon wrote on his Facebook page. "I'm disappointed that I won't be playing for a bears team that has the players and coaches to WIN the Super Bowl. I thank God for letting me live my dream of playing in the NFL for 8 years plus. It has truly been FUN!"
The ACL tear is Hixon's third in less than four years, having previously suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in June of 2010 and then again in September of 2011 on a touchdown catch against the St. Louis Rams.
Hixon, originally a fourth-round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2006 NFL Draft, was traded to the Giants early in 2007 and experienced a very productive and rewarding career in East Rutherford. In addition to his two Super Bowl rings, Hixon was also the Giants' primary punt returner and even got a chance to start at wide receiver due to several injuries.
In total, Hixon hauled in 109 receptions for 1,460 yards and seven touchdowns in his career — almost all of that coming with the Giants.
The Akron product spent the 2013 season with the Carolina Panthers before signing with the Bears earlier this offseason.
Obviously, each of us here at Giants 101 wish Hixon a speedy recovery and the very best of luck in his post-NFL career. We also thank him greatly for his contributions to the Giants, their two Super Bowl runs and everything he meant to the community. He truly was one of the most under-rated, under-appreciated players and people in recent memory.
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