Posted August 6, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Former New York Giants Player Retires From The NFL

Former New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard is calling it quits from the NFL.

Ballard who played two seasons with the Giants and had good promise as a player before tearing his ACL during Super Bowl XLVI’s win against the New England Patriots.

He also played for the Patriots and Arizona Cardinals during his career.

In a statement Ballard said the following.

“Yesterday I made the difficult decision to retire from the game of football. I love this game and have put my heart and soul into it for as long as I can remember.  After sustaining a serious knee injury while playing for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, my body never felt the same.  Having a quality of life after football is very important to me and I have witnessed it taken away from others.  I will miss the game tremendously, but I am ready for this next chapter in my life.  It was an honor and a privilege to play for the NY Giants, New England Patriots, and most recently the Arizona Cardinals.  I met amazing people from all of my teammates, to opponents, to trainers, to coaches, to owners, and everyone in between. I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your fraternity and I wish you all nothing but success.”

Ballard ends his career with 679 total yards receiving and six touchdowns.

We wish him luck in his future endeavors.