Jenkins announced Wednesday via Facebook that he’s going to retire.
“It is time for the torch to be passed to the younger players. I am going to hang up the cleats! The mind is always willing to play but my body deserves the rest. Thank you for the opportunites to play Carolina and New York,” Jenkins writes.
It’s an unfortunate end to an underrated career, but it’s not a shocking end. When Jenkins left the field last September after tearing his ACL for the second time in as many years, we assumed he was through as a pro. Instead, Jenkins rehabbed the injury hard to give himself a chance to play in 2011.
Perhaps he had a setback or maybe he just realized his body wasn’t going to respond well enough this time. A NFL.com report indicated the Redskins were interested in signing the Jenkins brothers.
A four-time Pro Bowler, Jenkins was one of the most dominant interior linemen of his era when he was healthy. He played 16 games in six seasons, but played no more than six games in his other four years.
Jenkins’ play seemed to wane in his later Carolina years, but he was always a player opponents had to gameplan for. A gregarious and intelligent guy, it wouldn’t b a surprise if Jenkins joined the New York media scene.