The veteran New York Giants long snapper announced his retirement on Friday. He already has a second career lined up.
— Zak DeOssie (@zdeossie) August 7, 2020
New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie has announced his retirement after 13 NFL seasons. DeOssie made his declaration on Twitter and it was later posted on the Giants’ website. He acknowledged he had come to the decision to retire months prior, but wanted to make an official announcement to properly say farewell to the Big Blue community.
“I am retiring from football,” DeOssie says in his opener. “I wanted to make a formal announcement to acknowledge those who have made this experience so awesome – and this milestone so bittersweet.”
The North Andover, NJ native goes on to thank the Giants, their fans, his family, his alma mater of Brown University, and many others. The 36-year-old also reveals that he has already found a post-football calling, as he is set to take a role in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs.
“Head down, hands steady, produce results. I learned from my time with the Giants that hard work pays off,” De Ossie concludes. “As I walk away from the game as a player, I thankfully get to keep that mentality – and I’m excited to bring it to my new role in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. I have had the tremendous opportunity to work and learn at GS in my off-seasons, and am thrilled to be re-joining my team to deliver championship-level energy, effort, consistency, and results.”
“Thank you all. Go Giants!”
With the retirements of DeOssie and Eli Manning, the Giants have no more members leftover from their Super Bowl XLVI team, their last championship squad. DeOssie was also the second-longest-tenured member of the team behind Manning, having joined the team as a fourth-round pick (116th overall) in the 2007 Draft. His father Steve previously played for the Giants from 1989 through 1993 and was part of their championship team in Super Bowl XXV. When Zak won Super Bowl XLII, the pair became the first father-son pairing to win a Super Bowl with the same team.
Zak DeOssie earned 94 tackles in his NFL career and reached two Pro Bowls (2008, 2010). He played a major role in the Giants’ last Super Bowl titles, successfully enacting the snaps that led to New York’s game-winning field goals against Green Bay and San Francisco in 2008 and 2012 respectively. DeOssie took part in 199 regular season Giants games, good for fifth-most in franchise history.
Casey Kreiter, formerly of the Denver Broncos, is set to take over DeOssie’s snapper spot.
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