The veteran running back broke the news on Twitter.
After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my ... http://t.co/S9422x0y6x— Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboyrb) January 3, 2014
His statement read:
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!
As you'd expect, plenty of sportswriters praised the former New York Giant. While he was never one of the best players in the league, Jacobs remained a fan favorite and commanded the respect of those around him.
Brandon Jacobs announces retirement tonight. One of my favorite running backs to watch/cover— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 3, 2014
Brandon Jacobs retires after 9 years. He ran like a truck and helped the #Giants win 2 SB titles. You will be missed big fella. Good luck!— Dave Rothenberg (@RothenbergESPN) January 3, 2014
From 1st preseason game when he went off against the Browns to this season, Brandon Jacobs was as entertaining to cover as could be.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 3, 2014
Brandon Jacobs was a 2005 4th-round pick, a huge, over-sized running back. Big role on two Super Bowl winners. Successfull career. #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) January 3, 2014
Jacobs spent eight of his nine years with the New York Giants. During that time, he ran for 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns on 1,136 carries. He was a workhorse in the backfield who cut his teeth with his inside runs.
New York fans will likely remember Jacobs fondly for the role he played in both of the Giants' Super Bowl wins. He led the team in rushing in 2007 en route to the first win and played a great foil to Ahmad Bradshaw on the 2011 team.
This news doesn't come as a major surprise. Running backs in the NFL as a whole have a short shelf life, and few are able to make it past nine or 10 years. All of those carries begin to add up after a while, especially for guys like Jacobs who are more physical runners.
The nine-year veteran also had to deal with injuries throughout his career.
Although Jacobs' on-field performance had been waning in recent years, he had a locker-room presence that will be difficult to replace next season.