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Jeff Feagles likely to retire, Giants draft a punter

New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles is likely to retire, which led the team to draft punter Matt Dodge of East Carolina in the seventh round today.

The New York Post reports that Feagles told Giants coach Tom Coughlin last week that he doesn’t feel like he can handle the physical demands of the job.

Asked what specifically is bothering Feagles, Coughlin answered, “He’s 44-years old.

The oldest player in the NFL, Feagles said this month that he was planning to come back. But apparently he has had second thoughts.

“I was surprised,” Coughlin said. “Jeff was trying to do the right thing. He did the honorable thing with the best interest of the team at heart.”

Dodge will now compete with Jy Bond, a former Australian football player, for the punting job. Neither Dodge nor Bond has ever been a holder on field goals, and Coughlin said the holding job will now go to backup quarterback Jim Sorgi.

If Feagles is done, the historical record will show that he retired with the NFL records for consecutive games played, total punts, total punting yards and punts inside the 20-yard line.

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8 Responses to “Jeff Feagles likely to retire, Giants draft a punter”
  1. robert ethan says: Apr 24, 2010 6:04 PM

    He knew it was time when in the middle of a practice session the center snapped the ball back to him and he just stared at it wondering “What am I supposed to do with this thing?”.

  2. Krow says: Apr 24, 2010 6:24 PM

    I hope he’s OK, and retires well. He was a part of that amazing Superbowl run, and all Giant fans owe him one for that. He didn’t look right all last year… and I wondered if something was wrong. Let’s hope it’s not serious.
    It’s been a great career. Good luck and thanks !!!

  3. ravensos says: Apr 24, 2010 6:49 PM

    anybody from Tecmo Super Bowl left?

  4. mike_311 says: Apr 24, 2010 7:23 PM

    got to be a hall of famer.

  5. Zaggs says: Apr 24, 2010 8:00 PM

    Glad he’ll be able to retire with a super bowl ring. Class act all the way around.

  6. Human Howitzer says: Apr 24, 2010 8:28 PM

    Love Feagles, but it’s time; he simply didn’t have the leg last year. I just hope they can convince him to teach his replacement a little of that coffin-corner technique.

  7. Richm2256 says: Apr 25, 2010 1:23 AM

    robert ethan says:
    He knew it was time when in the middle of a practice session the center snapped the ball back to him and he just stared at it wondering “What am I supposed to do with this thing?”.
    ————————————————
    Funniest thing I’ve read here in a month! Actually laughed out loud.
    Dude, you’re a PUNTER …… toughest part of your job is standing upright for ten seconds at a time. WTF???

  8. cantgetenough says: Apr 26, 2010 10:34 AM

    Richm2256 says:
    “robert ethan says: Dude, you’re a PUNTER …… toughest part of your job is standing upright for ten seconds at a time. WTF???”
    Yeah, cause you know what it takes to be a punter. For 21 years.

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