Brandon Jacobs “serious” about an NFL comeback as a defensive end

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When we last saw Brandon Jacobs, he was a 31-year-old running back for the Giants in 2013. Jacobs now says he wants to return to the NFL in 2021 as a 39-year-old defensive end.

“Well since Tebow came back after being off a good bit, I am announcing today that I [want] to . . . comeback,” Jacobs tweeted. “I will play defensive end for whatever team gives me a chance!!!”

Tim Tebow, of course, is getting a second chance in the NFL as a tight end, a position he has never played, because his college coach, Urban Meyer, now is coaching the Jaguars. Tebow hasn’t played an NFL regular-season game since 2012.

Jacobs, who turns 39 in July, is unlikely to get a chance to return to the NFL as a defensive end.

Jacobs, though, is trending on Twitter after making clear he is not joking. He last was listed at 6 foot 4, 264 pounds, and in a photo he shared on social media, it looks like he’s in shape.

“I am really serious about coming back as a defensive end,” Jacobs wrote. “I can still run, I am strong and there’s no way Tim Tebow is a better athlete than I am. I just need a shot that’s it!! If I can’t cut it I’ll take it like a man. Just give me one chance that’s all!!”

In 109 career regular-season games, Jacobs rushed for 5,094 yards and scored 64 total touchdowns. He added 461 rushing yards and five total touchdowns in 11 postseason games.

16 responses to “Brandon Jacobs “serious” about an NFL comeback as a defensive end

  1. Zero chance he can be effective. Father time combined with having to learn a new position, one so dramatically different from his prior position, makes for zero chance.

  2. Brandon, Ive been a Gianst fan since 1979 and was thrilled when we drafted you in the 4th round so many years ago. You arent half the athlete that Tebow is. Enjoy tour rings old man.

  3. Nothing to lose, he’s not a game-changer like Tebow but still could be productive!

  4. Tebow is 33 years old trying out for a TE position while being around pro sports since he left. Please fill me in on what Jacobs has been up to? I really don’t know.

  5. Why not, if Brick Lesnar gets a shot then Brandon Jacobs deserves it. Dude is a freak athlete and a proven solid talent. Saying this as a Jets fan

  6. I would much rather T.O. try an NFL comeback, he would be serious. Jacobs is just joking!

  7. You were slow as an RB. Slow DEs are 3-4 run stoppers. At 39 I don’t think you have it in you to get double teamed all day after the pounding you took over your career.

  8. Tell us Brandon, why is it the much younger Tebow couldn’t be a better athlete than you?

  9. As a lifelong Giant fan, I watched your Giant career and was a big supporter. Although you were effective with a running start, you were slow and too often hit the line of scrimmage and dropped like a box of rocks after first contact. A young strong OL will toss you around like a rag doll and make you look silly. You’re not Tim Tebow but I can see where this is going with the comparison.

  10. smokeybear says:
    May 28, 2021 at 4:10 am

    You were slow as an RB. Slow DEs are 3-4 run stoppers. At 39 I don’t think you have it in you to get double teamed all day after the pounding you took over your career.

    Yeah, who’s going to be double-teaming 39-year-old DE Brandon Jacobs?

  11. Well the foundation has been set for “you know what” if no team gives him an invite.
    Tim Tebow gets invited to a camp (fyi he’s WHITE) & Jacobs doesn’t get an invite (fyi he’s BLACK)

  12. Jacobs last played as a RB in 2013. Now wants to return at a new position, just wants a chance, he says. Has no chance.
    Tebow last played (and I use the term loosely) as a personal punt protector in 2012. Now wants to return at a new position. Also has no chance. (Except in the minds of Tebowmaniacs).
    Oh, and he is white, and Jacobs is black.
    And you find this surprising?

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