Wednesday February 10th, 2016

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.

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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.

Beason retires having played 93 games in nine seasons, recording 829 tackles, 10 interceptions and four sacks.

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