Benjamin Watson announces his retirement

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One tight end has already gotten rich in free agency, and one is walking away.

Longtime NFL tight end Benjamin Watson announced on social media that he was stepping away from football after 16 seasons.

“My parents tell me that as a young child I would declare that when I grew up I wanted to be ‘a football player and a missionary,’” Watson wrote. “For the past 16 seasons God has granted me the opportunity to do both as I walk beyond the field my sincere hope is that I was a trusted brother and fried to the hundreds of teammates and families I was blessed to share my football life with and that I earned their respect as a player and most importantly, as a man.”

The Patriots’ first-round pick in 2004, Watson finished with the Patriots last year after spending time with the Browns, Ravens, and Saints.

He came out of retirement last year, missed the first four games with a suspension, but returned for one more year. He effectively admitted after the Patriots’ playoff loss to the Titans that he was likely finished.

He was just elected for another term to the NFLPA Executive Committee.

7 responses to “Benjamin Watson announces his retirement

  1. Interesting; Didn’t retire before the NFLPA elections so he can remain on the board for two years.

  2. With Ben Watson retiring, this means he will not be playing football in 2020.

  3. well, just wait a few weeks before medicating – at least a 50% chance Belichick calls again. But either way, a nice career and a quality guy. All the best.

  4. Well spoken and intelligent, would not be surprised to see him in the political arena

  5. Now retired, Ben can begin a new cycle of Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate to assist healing his body and mind.

  6. streetyson says:
    March 16, 2020 at 1:31 pm
    well, just wait a few weeks before medicating – at least a 50% chance Belichick calls again. But either way, a nice career and a quality guy. All the best.
    —————
    Tru Dat.
    But still has more penalty yards than rec yards last year….that in not a good call for Bill

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