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Jon Beason announces his retirement after nine seasons

Taye Diggs, Jon Beason AP

Jon Beason was caught up in the Giants’ house-cleaning today, and he has chosen to not pursue work elsewhere.

The Giants announced that the veteran linebacker was announcing his retirement, ending a career that was brilliant when he was well.

“I was able to have some success and set the pace and break records – things I never even really paid attention to until after the fact,” Beason said. “I couldn’t have scripted a better story, coming in as a first-round pick and starting in my first NFL game and setting the club high in tackles, and then breaking it every other year that I played, the Pro Bowls, the All-Pro’s, pinching myself, getting the big contract based on what I had already done; being rewarded for all that was a great feeling. I know that I’m very, very fortunate to have that moment, to have those memories of a certain period of time where I was a big deal.

“The only thing I wish I could have done — I dreamt often of being on the first team to win a championship for the Carolina Panthers. To date, it hasn’t happened. To do something first, I thought was really special and for me to play for the last expansion team, instead of following a legacy of greatness with some of the storied franchises, to do it first was something that was always on my mind. I would say that with everything, even the injuries, the ups and downs of an NFL career, that’s my biggest regret. That’s the thing that looms darkest for me moving forward, knowing that the opportunity has passed me by. It’s something that I’ll have to live with.”

Chosen in the first round of the 2007 draft, Beason helped the Panthers bridge the gap between the injury-shortened career of Dan Morgan and the drafting of Luke Kuechly.

Beason started every game his first four seasons, but since then, has had a hard time staying on the field. He played in more than five games just once since 2010. He thought about continuing, but a knee injury which landed him on IR this season was deemed too much to come back from again.

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18 Responses to “Jon Beason announces his retirement after nine seasons”
  1. laces out says: Feb 10, 2016 3:07 PM

    I hope the Giants can bring him on to their defensive coaching staff. They need a leader on defense

  2. doggeatdogg says: Feb 10, 2016 3:07 PM

    Will miss you Mr. Beason. #GoCanes.

  3. gmenroachie20 says: Feb 10, 2016 3:11 PM

    So far so good Jerry…

  4. floratiotime says: Feb 10, 2016 3:14 PM

    Great guy … just too injured.

  5. tdubdizzle says: Feb 10, 2016 3:25 PM

    Man this guy used to be so good in Madden.

    Sad to see he never turned out to be as great as he was in the game.

  6. tcostant says: Feb 10, 2016 3:27 PM

    The Giants should hire him as a coach!

  7. nfloracle says: Feb 10, 2016 3:37 PM

    Jon Beason was great fun to watch in his prime here in Carolina. Here’s wishing you a happy and healthy and successful post-football life, Jon.

  8. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 10, 2016 3:38 PM

    He was clearly the best linebacker the New York Giants have had in quite a few years. Unfortunately for him and the Giants, he was never able to stay on the field.

    He is the epitome of the NFL life – some guys play their whole season without missing time while others struggle just to play a snap.

  9. kitmandew says: Feb 10, 2016 3:39 PM

    Was a great Panther, wish him well in the future and hope he finds a home in coaching teaching the kids coming up. Good Luck

  10. scoops1 says: Feb 10, 2016 3:41 PM

    hahah a Dan Morgan reference hahaha

  11. 2006ravensd says: Feb 10, 2016 3:56 PM

    Another testament to the pure freakishness of how long Lewis played. 17 years as a MLB at the top of the league. Beason and Willis in their combined careers played 17.

  12. clt2 says: Feb 10, 2016 4:22 PM

    Thank you Beast for the great years in Carolina.

  13. Jack Glab says: Feb 10, 2016 4:56 PM

    He only had one good year

  14. jag1959 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:21 PM

    He may have had his moments in Carolina but unfortunately in NY he was just one more of Reese’s broken pieces. Wish him well in the future.

  15. 3beeps says: Feb 10, 2016 5:31 PM

    Makes you really appreciate Harry Carson playing at a high level for 13 years.

    ‘Tis a violent game we cheer for.

  16. boonevol says: Feb 10, 2016 5:36 PM

    Another testament to the pure freakishness of how long Lewis played. 17 years as a MLB at the top of the league. Beason and Willis in their combined careers played 17.

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  17. catman72 says: Feb 10, 2016 5:45 PM

    Beason was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal 2010 season for the Panthers, and I’ll always be grateful to him for that. Even with a 2-14 record he never stopped fighting and always tried to represent himself and the franchise to the best of his ability. In addition to being a great player in his prime, Jon was always great with the fans. He would stop to sign every autograph and talk. He is a class act and a champion in my book, I hope he has a long and wonderful retirement and I hope he comes back home to Charlotte.

  18. tackleberries says: Feb 10, 2016 9:07 PM

    I have a suggestion for PFT: Can you please include career earnings in a retirement post?

    You guys usually include pertinent info in your posts. The way the league is going with early retirements I think it’d help knowing what a guy is walking away with.

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