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Brandon Jacobs announces retirement

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Running back Brandon Jacobs has elected to retire from the NFL after nine seasons in the league.

Jacobs announced his decision on Twitter.

After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats. I’ve had an amazing run and I appreciate all of the support from the fans through the good and the bad,” Jacobs said in a statement.

“The New York Giants are a great organization and I am proud to have been a part of it for so long. I love my coaches and my teammates and will miss them as well as the game itself but I am healing well from my surgery and I look forward to running around with my kids for years to come!”

Jacobs said earlier this week he was interested in continuing his career but only with the New York Giants. He was placed on injured reserve in December.

Jacobs finishes his career 5,094 yards and 60 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Giants and one forgettable season with the San Francisco 49ers. Jacobs returned to the Giants this season amid myriad injuries at running back for New York and rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns in seven games played.

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55 Responses to “Brandon Jacobs announces retirement”
  1. cakemixa says: Jan 2, 2014 11:10 PM

    Weird, I thought he stopped playing years ago.

  2. nflgiant says: Jan 2, 2014 11:15 PM

    The man was a tank to bring down and thanks for the memories.Hope all goes well in retirement.

  3. arwiv says: Jan 2, 2014 11:17 PM

    GREAT Giant…best wishes Brandon. Hopefully your best bud Bradshaw, when he decides its his time, comes back to big blue for his retirement as well.

  4. bspurloc says: Jan 2, 2014 11:19 PM

    He hadn’t been the beast he used to be for a few years but still glad he retires as a Giant.

  5. wttoolman says: Jan 2, 2014 11:25 PM

    Good riddance to the softest, whiniest, cry baby NFL dhas ever seen!! Never, in all my years watching football, have I seen a so-called “big man” complain about how opposing defenses tackle him!!

  6. boldgreenandgold says: Jan 2, 2014 11:31 PM

    Good choice to end a solid career. It was fun watching him bulldoze through defenders in his prime. Respect.

  7. tucknrolle says: Jan 2, 2014 11:32 PM

    This guy got me so pumped so many times. Had his up and downs, but one of my favorite giants. I loved how pissed he got the Cowboys and Eagles defenders.

  8. doe22us says: Jan 2, 2014 11:33 PM

    2 days ago he was all rah rah, well this escalated quick.

  9. chicagogiantsfan says: Jan 2, 2014 11:35 PM

    Good luck, Brandon. Glad to see you got one last “go round” against the Bears, and made it count! Yeah, the Giants lost the game, but you came out firing on all cylinders! It was great to watch.

  10. amazingguy101 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:36 PM

    Wow. Tall RB are unheard of these days 6″4″. Only tall RB left is Steven Jackson.

  11. Cadiz215 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:37 PM

    I remember in his prime he was somebody nobody wanted to try and tackle.

  12. jerrahsucks says: Jan 2, 2014 11:37 PM

    Never has anyone so big, been so gutless in the history of the NFL.

  13. kw93 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:42 PM

    I played against this man in college. When you saw SIU on the schedule and you were a defensive lineman… You knew you were going to hurt come Sunday. The man was a beast and it was fun watching him play the past 9 years.
    Happy retirement Brandon from this Western Leatherneck.

  14. nfl fan says: Jan 2, 2014 11:44 PM

    Once a Giant, always a Giant!

  15. patriotinvasion says: Jan 2, 2014 11:44 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and wanted to point out that Giants fans should be thankful for the 1 yard Jacobs got early in the Tyree drive. It was 4th and 1 and Jacobs got the first down by millimeters. If he doesn’t get you that yard, the next play would have been Brady taking a knee. So remember that about this guy.

  16. hendeeze says: Jan 2, 2014 11:50 PM

    The market nowadays for tiptoe burglars is slow. With all that fancy computer mumbo jumbo the kids use these days.

  17. dobber707 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:53 PM


  18. jrod2go says: Jan 3, 2014 12:02 AM

    SIU loves ya man. Congrats!

  19. ctiggs says: Jan 3, 2014 12:05 AM

    Ole tippy toes

  20. dbones750 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:05 AM

    I wish he would start boxing like he always said he would. I’ll remember him for throwing his helmet into the stands at Indy.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 3, 2014 12:06 AM

    Brandon has wisely saved his money and will invest it in building his second career. In the whirlpool business.

  22. bearwithjetpack says: Jan 3, 2014 12:08 AM

    Guess the Giants weren’t interested.

    I wonder why.

  23. stephenolszewski says: Jan 3, 2014 12:10 AM

    Always liked Jacobs, wasn’t a great player but he was one of the most physical RBs I’ve ever seen. Guy clearly liked to hit people

  24. captainwisdom8888 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:20 AM

    I heard that Brandon Jacobs was one of the baddest young boxers in all of America during his youth. I think it to be highly unlikely, but how cool would it be to see him fighting in the UFC or something like that? He’s got a rage about him, he was always ready to scrap with anyone after the whistle. I’d watch him fight any day.

  25. adoombray says: Jan 3, 2014 12:20 AM

    i think the moment that every man feels old is when he remembers drafting a player as a rookie in video games and and finishes playing his 10 year career.

  26. mykpfsu says: Jan 3, 2014 12:30 AM

    He wasn’t what he once was this year, but he still had the heart.
    Hopefully the damage to his knee can be fixed so he can play with his kids.

  27. jsrdc says: Jan 3, 2014 12:39 AM

    Well done, Brandon. You needed to do this for so many reasons. No HOF for you whatsoever, but two SB rings to go with 60 TD’s and 9 seasons as an NFL RB isn’t bad at all. Smart decision of hanging them up now (mostly because the Giants wouldn’t have signed you anyway). Moving on would have been a mutual decision. anyway.

  28. xbam1 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:54 AM

    he will be missed…it was fun watching him bowl over guys…esp Rodney Harrison!

  29. nysportsrule says: Jan 3, 2014 1:10 AM

    He was one of my all time favorite players to watch. The dude bled Giant blue, and I’m glad he was able to finish his career in New York.

  30. eastwoodchair says: Jan 3, 2014 1:27 AM

    I don’t even hear cricket after this announcement.. giant fans? hello?

  31. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 3, 2014 1:33 AM

    Good riddance.

  32. u4iadman says: Jan 3, 2014 1:44 AM

    Best wishes, I don’t like those Pats either….love your hard running style.

  33. theysone says: Jan 3, 2014 1:51 AM

    Good riddance, loser.

  34. midtec2005 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:10 AM

    As a cowboys fan, thank you for retiring :p

  35. andrewluck12 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:29 AM

    congrats! one of those guys you remember 10 years down the road and go ”oh yeah…brandon jacobs. dude was alright”

  36. favresweiner says: Jan 3, 2014 3:15 AM

    Who else is glad that we don’t have to hear this loud mouth anymore?

  37. stafftobush says: Jan 3, 2014 4:16 AM


  38. floratiotime says: Jan 3, 2014 4:23 AM

    Special thanks to the 49ers for that cool million dollars. Yuk yuk yuk …

  39. 49erfan44 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:38 AM

    No reason to tag the niners in this…. He did nothing!

  40. zack2482 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:51 AM

    Good riddance, clown!

  41. thegronk87 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:58 AM

    Eh, it’s not like he’s going to the HOF

  42. dcapettini says: Jan 3, 2014 7:36 AM

    Smart guy. He made enough money, now he should take care of his body so he’ll have the life and health to enjoy it.

  43. meatcarroll says: Jan 3, 2014 7:42 AM

    Godspeed, big guy. He’s had a more than respectable career including 2 Superb Owl wins and retires as the Giants all time leader in rushing touchdowns.

  44. riggz91 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:50 AM

    2 time Superbowl champ, thanks for the memories Brandon!

  45. nygf says: Jan 3, 2014 8:08 AM

    Thanks for the memories, Mr. Jacobs. In your prime, opposing teams and fans alike cowered at the thought of you running with a full head of steam. The 4th and 1 conversion in Super Bowl XLII is one of the least talked about important plays in franchise history. But the one that sticks out to me was the first play from scrimmage in the NFCCG in Green Bay two weeks earlier, when Jacobs let everyone know the Giants were more than just happy to have the right to play Favre’s Packers, but were gonna win the thing too by lowering a shoulder into Woodson and running him over. Set the tone for the whole game, and really exemplified that team and this career.

    I can only hope Jacobs is back with the organization in some capacity. Dude obviously didn’t have it physically this year, but his passion was on full display plenty of times.

  46. gpete1962 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:31 AM

    Who’s next, Fewel,Reese,Eli,Snee,Diehl,Baas,Kiwanuka, Rivers,Webster,Myers,Rodgers and Finally Coughlin himself?

    TC’s hanging in for one more year to make sure his son-inlaw gets a golden parachute Too!

  47. ravishingronald says: Jan 3, 2014 8:35 AM

    In other words the Giant said bye bye.

  48. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:44 AM

    what a turd

  49. iloveagoodnap says: Jan 3, 2014 9:11 AM

    Shoulda happened after your 2nd ring.

  50. jarredhero says: Jan 3, 2014 9:23 AM

    Solid RB. Will always remember him running over GB every time we played NYG.

  51. rjwalnuts says: Jan 3, 2014 9:32 AM

    “After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats.”

    Um Brandon, EVERYONE calls the NFL the NFL.

  52. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 3, 2014 9:54 AM

    “they call the NFL”?

  53. bookofelisha92 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:01 AM

    Id say a top 15 giant ever. Loved his passion, energy and hayred for dallas. Great watchig him bulldoZe numberous defenders per game. Jy loves ya brandon. Good luck with ur career and fast ass cars

  54. justintuckrule says: Jan 3, 2014 11:47 AM

    Awesome Giant! Thanks for the GREAT memories!

    To the hater(z) – 2 rings is what you’re really butthurt over.

  55. chazatlas says: Jan 3, 2014 7:19 PM

    When Jacobs was healthy, dude was a beast.

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