Jon Beason Retires: Latest Comments and Reaction

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jon Beason #52 of the New York Giants waves to the crowd after defeating the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Giants defeated the Redskins 20-6.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Former Carolina Panthers and New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason announced his retirement Wednesday, according to the Giants.

"I always tried to give my all and be competitive," Beason said, per the team. "I wanted to go out and continue to play at a high level, giving my all. I was able to do that."

Tom Pelissero of USA Today first reported the news.

Beason, 31, had struggled with injuries late in his career. He had appeared in just nine games overall in the past two seasons and played in more than five games in a campaign just once in the past six years, so his retirement doesn't come as a major surprise.

Those injuries stymied what was an otherwise promising career. The Carolina Panthers drafted him No. 25 overall in 2007, and he was promptly voted to the Pro Bowl in the 2008 through 2010 seasons. He was also voted a first-team All-NFL selection by the Associated Press in 2008.

But the injury bug began to bite him in the 2011 season, and Carolina traded him to the New York Giants three games into the 2013 campaign for a seventh-round pick.

Still, Beason flashed the talent that made him a three-time Pro Bowler with the Giants that year, accumulating 93 tackles and an interception in 12 games with the team. That was essentially his last hurrah, however, and the team cut him after the 2015 season, per Dan Graziano of ESPN.com.

Overall, he finished his career with 705 tackles, 10 interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post doesn't think we've seen the last of Beason, however, noting, "He could step directly into a media career given his personality and gift of gab."

 

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