David Garrard to officially retire

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The last quarterback to lead the Jaguars to a playoff victory is set to retire.

David Garrard, who was most recently in the NFL with the Jets in 2013, will retire as a member of the Jaguars, he told radio 1010 AM in Jacksonville on Friday, the radio station said on its Facebook page.

The Jaguars acknowledged Garrard’s retirement announcement on Twitter.

The 37-year-old Garrard played 12 NFL seasons, starting 75 games, all with Jacksonville. Overall, he threw for 16,003 yards with 89 TDs and 54 interceptions, completing 61.6 percent of his throws. Garrard added 1,746 yards rushing with 17 TDs.

Garrard’s signature play might have come in the Jaguars’ wild-card win at Pittsburgh in January 2008. With Jacksonville trailing 29-28 and facing 4th-and-2 at the Pittsburgh 43 with 1:56 left, Garrard broke free for a 32-yard run, setting up Josh Scobee’s game-winning field goal.

After being released by Jacksonville in 2011 and sitting out the season due to injury, Garrard joined Miami in 2012, but he was cut in September. While with New York the next year, he indicated he would retire before changing his mind and returning in-season.

Now, Garrard appears ready to step away once again.

25 responses to “David Garrard to officially retire

  1. …why does it take players out of the league 2 years to FINAL realize it’s time to retire? When teams don’t come a knocking for 2 years, time to start rock’en a new career.

  2. His deflected Hail Mary against the Texans to win the game – commentated by Gus Johnson – is my most memorable moment of his.

    Still on YouTube if anyone’s interested.

  3. “With Jacksonville trailing 29-28 and facing 4th-and-2 at the Pittsburgh 43 with 1:56 left, Garrard broke free for a 32-yard run, setting up Josh Scobee’s game-winning field goal.”

    Two HUGE missed holding calls (at least) on that play.

  4. blitzinc43 says:
    May 8, 2015 2:24 PM
    GOAT behind Jimmy Smith in Jags history

    –————————

    Better than Brunnel, Taylor, Boselli, and McCardell?

    Oooooookaaaaaaay

  5. I think it would be funny if some player signed a one-day contract and retired as a member of a team they never played for.

    What better way for a team to troll a rival? Chip Kelly could throw a million dollars at Tony Romo and they could have a big ceremony where Romo signs a one-day contract and retires as an Eagle. Hilarity ensues.

    Note: Please don’t come back at me with all of the technical reasons this wouldn’t happen. I’m not stupid- just trying to lighten things up around here a little.

  6. Garrard’s signature play might have come in the Jaguars’ wild-card win at Pittsburgh in January 2008. With Jacksonville trailing 29-28 and facing 4th-and-2 at the Pittsburgh 43 with 1:56 left, Garrard broke free for a 32-yard run, setting up Josh Scobee’s game-winning field goal.

    Do not forget to mention the holding calls that created the gaping hole for Garrard to run through. And this was before Tebow by the way, for those Tebow curse trolls out there.

  7. Downvote all you want, but I also agree that his ‘signature play’ is tainted by the missed holding calls.

    The NFL confirmed the missed calls long after the game. It was not a great play; it was a poorly officiated play.

  8. Stiller43…

    And what was your excuse 2 weeks before when the jags beat your Stillers?

    Just so all your excuses can be thrown out there, the Stillers had 2 chances in 3 weeks in 08 to beat Jax and couldn’t. Better team won that year. Now, since then, I’ve been in a coma… Ha

    To whoever said David Garrard is 2nd behind Jimmy Smith as all time jag…

    Tony Boselli? Fred Taylor? Natrone Means? Mark Brunell? Keenan McCardell? MoJoD? Matt Jones? Big John Henderson? Donavin Darius? Etc etc…

    I was kidding about Matt jones 😉

  9. Idpfantasy football;

    No they did not confirm anything (officially) Maybe your local newscaster confirmed it. Holding can literally be called on every single play as you know. Bottom line is the Steelers got their butts whooped twice in a month by Jax. And your boys should never have allowed it to come to that. But ya did.

    You Steeler fans are like Broncos…hold on to something forever even when your team and mine have been polar opposites in success before and since. (97 Broncos elway loss to Jax in 97 was their worst defeat in playoff history. Easily.

    excited about what David Caldwell and shahid khan are doing in Jax.

  10. From the archives:

    Posted by Michael David Smith on April 2, 2008, 1:39 p.m.
    One of the most exciting plays of this year’s playoffs should have been called back because of a holding penalty.

    Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the NFL now acknowledges that Jaguars quarterback David Garrard’s 32-yard run on fourth-and-2 late in Jacksonville’s playoff win over the Steelers was aided by a block that should have been flagged for holding.

    Per Bouchette, VP of Officiating Mike Pereira admitted that the crew working the game erred in not calling a holding penalty against Jacksonville on the play, which set the Jaguars up for the winning field goal.

    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to comment yesterday.

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