New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason announced his retirement Wednesday.
Beason, a former first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers, played in five games for the Giants last season. He hasn’t played 16 games in a year since 2010 when he was with the Panthers. He was released by the Giants shortly before his announcement.
“I always tried to give my all and be competitive,” Beason, 31, said in statement. “I wanted to go out and continue to play at a high level, giving my all. I was able to do that.”
Beason was drafted in the first round out of the University of Miami in 2007. He played in 16 games in each of his first four seasons, making the Pro Bowl three straight times from 2008–10.
Before the 2011 season, Beason signed a long-term contract with the Panthers but played in only game before tearing his Achilles, ending his season. Beason was healthy for most of 2013, but battled injuries in each of the last two seasons, playing nine games total in two years.
Several of Beason’s teammates wrote tributes to him on social media.
@jonbeason52 bro it's been a pleasure playing with you brother, you where a great caption/player to me. I know God has greater plans for you. Football is only here for awhile, but your my brother for life. #happyRetirement
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You are a friend, brother, teammate, mentor, teacher, and so much more.... I'm sad to see you go but more than honored I got to take the field with you this year. Congratulations on an amazing career and I know whatever you move on to, you will dominate as well! Thank you for everything. #legendary
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Would not be surprised if Beason becomes a head coach in 3-5 years!— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) February 10, 2016
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Beason retires having played 93 games in nine seasons, recording 829 tackles, 10 interceptions and four sacks.