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Zac Stacy retires from the NFL

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At age 25, former Rams and Jets running back Zac Stacy has decided he’s done playing football.

But while Stacy cited injuries as the reason he’s walking away at such a young age, he isn’t expressing any regrets about putting his body on the line for the sport he loves.

“The game of football was more than a game to me,” Stacy wrote. “It was a life changer. Talk about a sport that teaches you the important values of faith, dedication, commitment, perseverance, work ethic, discipline and leadership which not only shaped me into a talented football player throughout the years but into a man.”

As a fifth-round draft pick in 2013, Stacy emerged as a surprisingly effective player, running for 973 yards as a rookie. After that impressive rookie season, Stacy saw less playing time in 2014, and the Rams traded him to the Jets in 2015. He broke his ankle during the 2015 season, and he indicated that injury is the reason he can’t play anymore.

“As much as we want to as players, we can’t play this game forever,” Stacy wrote. “Father Time may have caught up to some. Some may have had a bad hand dealt in the business. Some had career ending injuries, like myself. Some simply felt like it was time. All different factors can play into why we leave this game but regardless of the reason, regardless of the circumstance, the game of football will always have my heart.”

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33 Responses to “Zac Stacy retires from the NFL”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Feb 17, 2017 9:41 AM

    Another quality Jets FA signing. Who was that hack from 3 years ago they signed as a FA RB from Carolina who was on trial for some kind of crap?

    Mike Goodson?

    Reminds me of this. No one wants the guy, the Jets think they’re onto some kind of an under the radar move, and poof…

    LMAO

  2. seanskol says: Feb 17, 2017 10:06 AM

    Who?

  3. artvan15 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:08 AM

    Never heard of him before today.

  4. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 17, 2017 10:10 AM

    ylawspick6 | Feb 17, 2017, 9:41 AM EST

    Another quality Jets FA signing. Who was that hack from 3 years ago they signed as a FA RB from Carolina who was on trial for some kind of crap?

    Mike Goodson?

    Reminds me of this. No one wants the guy, the Jets think they’re onto some kind of an under the radar move, and poof…

    LMAO

    Let me refresh your woefully short memory……Aaron Hernandez. Now stop being so dumb.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:12 AM

    Well he got 3 years of NFL money to give the rest of his life a jump start. If he was smart with it he owns a nice but not outrageous house with no mortgage, a nice vehicle he owns outright, and has a good amount left in his bank account.

    Hopefully he was smart enough to get a degree that will let him get a decent job to go with that nice start.

  6. tylawspick6 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:15 AM

    Love the 14 Jets fans who gave me a thumbs down.

    And they wonder why Woody Johnson has run their franchise into the ground, with them enabling such poor leadership, not liking my assessment?

    LMAO

    Hint to Jets fans: Start demanding accountability of your franchise leaders and worry about your own problems instead of not taking responsibility. Stop buying PSLs, stop being stupid forcing Woody to buy trendy free agents who destroy your cap position, along with wastes of time like Mike Goodson and Zac Stacy.

    Sheesh.

  7. beavertonsteve says: Feb 17, 2017 10:16 AM

    Another quality Jets FA signing.
    ——————–
    Nice try.He wasn’t signed as a FA. He cost the Jets basically nothing. They gave a 7th round pick for him and he earned the league minimum. Sounds like 99% of the end of roster players in the league.

  8. darcrequiem says: Feb 17, 2017 10:18 AM

    I remember thinking that the Rams had found a diamond in the rough with this guy. A definite example of the NFL meaning Not For Long.

  9. grumpysal says: Feb 17, 2017 10:25 AM

    “hmm, my options are playing for the Jets or retiring? I’ll take option 2 please.”

  10. scoreatwill says: Feb 17, 2017 10:26 AM

    I never really knew why the Rams gave up on him in 2014. He seemed to have a lot going for him. Maybe it was just another bad personnel decision by Coach Fisher?

  11. motleytrap says: Feb 17, 2017 10:28 AM

    Nice little bowling ball of a RB who put up 1000 yard seasons behind subpar lines at Vanderbilt.

    Shame about his ankle.

  12. IsMyNoseRed? says: Feb 17, 2017 10:34 AM

    Some run away to join the circus, Some run from it.

  13. tylawspick6 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:37 AM

    Nice try.He wasn’t signed as a FA. He cost the Jets basically nothing. They gave a 7th round pick for him and he earned the league minimum. Sounds like 99% of the end of roster players in the league.

    ——-

    Christ! Even worse than I remember! Julian Edelman was a 7th rd pick for NE.

    And, don’t force me to list the numerous cast offs or UDFAs BB has brought in.

    When you trade for someone, they better stick and help in some way.

    You people are seriously idiots down in Jersey. Asbolute idiots.

  14. carloswlassiter says: Feb 17, 2017 10:40 AM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 17, 2017 10:10 AM

    Let me refresh your woefully short memory……Aaron Hernandez. Now stop being so dumb.
    ————————————————————–
    But, but, but, but . . . .

    You have to try so hard to drag the Patriots into every thread – just stick to your expert Steeler commentary and you should do OK.

  15. exhelodrvr says: Feb 17, 2017 10:44 AM

    Sounds like he was prepared for the possibility of this; too bad so many (most?) other players don’t follow suit.

  16. tylawspick6 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:47 AM

    Let me refresh your woefully short memory……Aaron Hernandez. Now stop being so dumb.

    ———–

    Umm, look in the mirror.

    What on earth does Aaron Hernandez have to do with Zac Staxy and the poorly run Jets?

    NE won the SB the year they took on an 8.5 mil cap hit with HErnandez after cutting him immediately in classy fashion instead of backing him like Balt did with Ray Ray and Rice or Pitt did with Rapelisburger. See the difference, bozo?

    Translation?! NE Is so well run Aaron “Tony Montana” Hernandez’s behavior off the field had no impact. Get it?

    Another hint: Hernandez isn’t the first, nor will he be the last with off field violence in the NFL.

  17. tylawspick6 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:48 AM

    Nice little bowling ball of a RB who put up 1000 yard seasons behind subpar lines at Vanderbilt.

    Shame about his ankle.

    ———–

    False. He had an attitude problem, so Benny Cunningham took his spot.

    Had nothing to do with some ankle. Once STL drafted Gurley, Stacy started whining.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 17, 2017 10:51 AM

    @tylawspick6

    Geeze dude I understand you’re tired of the anti-Pats trolls and this is how you get your jollies but c’mon man.

    We won the Super Bowl again and have a reasonable chance of repeating, you can chill out a little bit now.

  19. kensilisacrook says: Feb 17, 2017 11:07 AM

    Besides, mocking Jets’ management or the league office is shooting fish in a barrel. On second thought, shoot away!

  20. 345snarkavenue says: Feb 17, 2017 11:08 AM

    You have to try so hard to drag the Patriots into every thread – just stick to your expert Steeler commentary and you should do OK.

    ————–

    as a close friend of the organization and as a public service to PFT readers, please allow me to showcase the full extent of the expert commentary to which you refer, captured from the last 4 Steelers players articles on LaDarius Green, Lawrence Timmons, LeVeon Bell, and Ben Roethlisberger:

    – I guess your comment justifies your job as a Walmart greeter and not a NFL GM…….

    – Oh look one of the sheep got lost and wants to show how little he knows. Don’t you have some dui’s to investigate for more players?

    – It’s funny how the shallow end of the gene pool empties out to comment about Ben. The IQ of the posters so far hasn’t topped 100 till I posted

    as an interesting side note, this Zac Stacy article has more comments than 3 of those 4 Steelers articles.

  21. gooselife says: Feb 17, 2017 11:21 AM

    7 week fantasy wonder if you were lucky to get him at the right time.

  22. tylawspick6 says: Feb 17, 2017 11:27 AM

    Geeze dude I understand you’re tired of the anti-Pats trolls and this is how you get your jollies but c’mon man.

    We won the Super Bowl again and have a reasonable chance of repeating, you can chill out a little bit now.

    —————-

    Absolutely not.

    Woody Johnson was charged with hiring the new NFL commissioner in 2006, mainly because he was embarrassed BB quit the Jets and NE formed a dynasty.

    That commissioner is former Jets employee and fan, Roger Goodell.

    For 10 years now, there has been a concerted effort for greedy owners, including Woody Johnson to dupe his own fans and other NFL fans to make more money, while cheating the Pats from behind the scenes by lobbying for allies and to control Goodell to do so.

    I will absolutely NOT let this die.

    Every single time a dumb Jets fan opens his yap, I will verbally bludgeon them.

    For 10 years our franchise has been defamed and lied about, without any repercussions whatsoever, after Goodell and his cheating owner have been caught red handed, over and over.

  23. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 17, 2017 11:29 AM

    Tylawpick6 – I think I just heard your mother calling you in for dinner…

  24. TheAfterParty says: Feb 17, 2017 11:47 AM

    @tylawspick6

    This article has little to do with the Jets as an organization. It talks about a player retiring due to injury reasons. It’s funny that the slightest mention of the Jets gets you all worked up though. Leave the basement once in awhile.

  25. melsredmazda3 says: Feb 17, 2017 11:54 AM

    I never really knew why the Rams gave up on him in 2014. He seemed to have a lot going for him. Maybe it was just another bad personnel decision by Coach Fisher?

    that and drafted Mason and Gurley back to back year..

  26. RussianBreadMaker says: Feb 17, 2017 12:12 PM

    RG3 trade.

  27. gonakgod says: Feb 17, 2017 1:13 PM

    stacy is a girls name

  28. gonakgod says: Feb 17, 2017 1:14 PM

    melsredmazda3 says:
    Feb 17, 2017 11:54 AM
    I never really knew why the Rams gave up on him in 2014. He seemed to have a lot going for him. Maybe it was just another bad personnel decision by Coach Fisher?

    that and drafted Mason and Gurley back to back year..
    —–

    Actually Stacy wanted OUT as soon as they drafted Gurley… he was upset that he wasn’t gonna be the top back anymore.

  29. thedangerouskitchen says: Feb 17, 2017 1:27 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Feb 17, 2017 10:10 AM

    Let me refresh your woefully short memory……Aaron Hernandez. Now stop being so dumb.

    —————————

    I was already wondering how guys were bashing the Jets over this. I thought given Staceys past play at times that taking him on was a fair calculated gamble regardless of how it came out.

    But then I get to this reference and I am totally lost. Hernandez was never a Jet and his case is so radically different from Stacey’s that I can’t even begin to guess what the parallel was supposed to be.

  30. 345snarkavenue says: Feb 17, 2017 2:51 PM

    thedangerouskitchen says:
    Feb 17, 2017 1:27 PM

    But then I get to this reference and I am totally lost. Hernandez was never a Jet and his case is so radically different from Stacey’s that I can’t even begin to guess what the parallel was supposed to be

    —–

    that guy is a Patriots troll, bashing a Patriots fan for bashing a guy that was once a Jet. Thus the Hernandez reference. He mostly comments on Pats fans’ comments, never the subject matter.

    It doesn’t have anything to do with Stacey nor was it intended to.

  31. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Feb 17, 2017 4:52 PM

    Well, at least he had a longer career than Trent Richardson…and probably managed his money better too.

    All the best to you, Zac.

  32. motleytrap says: Feb 17, 2017 6:16 PM

    “False. He had an attitude problem, so Benny Cunningham took his spot.”

    There was no attitude problem. All he did was type “yikes” on Twitter. Maybe you didn’t notice how Tre Mason reacted to Todd Gurley’s presence.

    “Had nothing to do with some ankle.”

    Read the article before commenting.

  33. idun215 says: Feb 18, 2017 2:47 AM

    Lets just hope he got legit degree instead of a communications degree.

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