Brandon Jacobs announced the official end of his NFL career last night via his personal Twitter profile.
The running back (@gatorboyrb) sent out a fairly lengthy tweet, beginning with “After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats.” He then thanked the New York Giants organization and their fans, and assured his followers that he is recovering well from his surgery.
As he leaves the league for good, Jacobs has definitely made his mark on the Giants over the eight total seasons he spent with the team. He retires as the franchise’s fourth all-time leading rusher, with a total of 5,087 yards.
Jacobs also holds the franchise-record with 60 rushing touchdowns, and rushed for over 1,000 yards in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
An extremely physical runner, Jacobs set the tone for those who have been his teammates, and those who have followed in his footsteps, including Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown.
After being drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, Jacobs was a member of both the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl teams. Following the 2011 season, he spent a year with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Giants signed him this year after the team sustained a number of injuries at the running back position. His presence on the team has been more than on-field performance. His leadership and sportsmanship has made him a vital member of the team, in both 2013 and in his past seasons as a Giant.
His energy was especially noticeable this season, as he often led the team out onto the field before games and gave speeches to his teammates in the locker room and in the huddle.
Although his playing time this season was cut short due to a knee injury, Jacobs was able to rush for a total of 238 yards and four touchdowns.
Prior to announcing his retirement, Jacobs had gone on the record saying if he were to play in 2014, it would only be in New York. “I’m a Giant. I’m a Giant up and down. (Zero)-and-16, 16-0, 8-8, whatever you want to call it. I’m a Giant,” he said, according to ESPN.
It is only fitting then that he ends his career where it began, in the city he won two championships in, wearing Giants’ blue.
Alexis Celluro | Featured Columnist
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