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Former Ohio State Wide Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. Announces Retirement From NFL

The electrifying wide receiver and punt returner spent 14 years in the NFL and played in two Super Bowls.

Former Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. announced on Friday evening that he is retiring after 14 years in the NFL.

“I’ve dedicated my entire life to football until now,” Ginn said during a press conference at Cleveland Glenville High School. “Being able to go out peacefully is all I wanted."

The 36-year-old Ginn caught 412 passes for 5,742 yards and 33 touchdowns in 193 career games, which includes appearances in Super Bowl XLVII and Super Bowl 50. Selected by the Miami Dolphins with the ninth-overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Ginn also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears.

“I have no injuries. I got some aches and pains,” Ginn said. “It’s on my own terms, not forced out. Respectfully leaving the game the right way. The way I wanted to.”

Ginn came to Ohio State in 2004 as a five-star cornerback prospect but quickly transitioned to wide receiver, where he caught 135 passes for 1,943 yards and 15 touchdown. He was also a star on special teams, returning a school record six punts and two kicks for a touchdown, including the opening play of the 2007 BCS National Championship Game.

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