Brandon Jacobs announces retirement on Twitter

Kevin Gilbride isn’t the only New York Giant calling it quits.

Veteran running back Brandon Jacobs took to Twitter on Thursday night to announce his retirement from the NFL.

“After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats. I’ve had an amazing run and I appreciate all of the support from the fans through the good and the bad. The New York Giants are a great organization and I am proud to have been a part of it for so long. I love my coaches and my teammates and will miss them as well as the game itself but I am healing well from my surgery and I look forward to running around with my kids for years to come” Jacobs wrote.

Jacobs, 31, rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season, returning to Big Blue following an injury-plagued stint in San Francisco.

All told, the 6-foot-4, 264-pound bruiser accumulated 5,094 yards and 60 touchdowns in his nine-year career, notching consecutive 1000-yard seasons in 2007 and 2008.

Jacobs won’t be in any Hall of Fame discussions, but undoubtedly will go down as one of the better power backs to ever play the game.

Zack Kelberman
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