Ex-Jets/Giants DL Damon Harrison announces retirement

New York Giants, Damon Harrison

Harrison built a nine-year career in the NFL after entering as an undrafted free agent out of William Penn in 2021.

Former NFL defensive tackle Damon Harrison, whose career began with stops in both New York football posts, announced his retirement on Twitter over the weekend. Harrison, often affectionately referred to as “Snacks”, last played with the Green Bay Packers last postseason.

Leaving out the same way I came in…with my head held high and unapologetic. It’s been real, NFL,” Harrison wrote in his departure tweet. “(T)hanks for giving a kid from the projects of New Iberia & Lake Charles Louisiana a chance. I made history!!! They said I couldn’t do it but I did it!”

Harrison’s career is indeed a gridiron story of perseverance and strength, one that began in his hometown of New Iberia, LA. After a knee injury ended his basketball career at Lake Charles-Boston High School, Harrison embarked on a football journey in his senior season and caught on at William Penn University, an NAIA school in Iowa. Harrison made his way onto the radar of draft counts and eventually signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent.

After a strong preseason in 2013, Harrison earned the Jets’ starting defensive tackle job in his second season. He’d go on to start all 48 games over the next three years, earning 105 tackles (12 for a loss). His first career sack came against Tom Brady in an October 2013 win over New England.

Harrison’s resiliency and talents were rewarded with a five-year deal from the New York Giants, a contract that was worth $24 million guaranteed. In a career-best season (86 tackles, 2.5 sacks), Harrison earned All-Pro honors and a reputation as one of the best run defenders in the league. His efforts guided the Giants to an 11-5 record and, to date, their most recent playoff appearance.

Harrison would play parts of three seasons with the Giants before they traded him to Detroit in October 2018, a year that saw him become the first defensive lineman in league history to appear in 17 games. He was added to the Seattle Seahawks’ roster in October before ending his career with the Packers, appearing in both of their playoff contests.

Shortly after he went undrafted in 2012, Harrison declared he would become the “best damn Undrafted Free Agent the NFL has ever seen”. While he admits he fell short, he undoubtedly served as an inspiration in the metropolitan area and beyond. He departed with one last word of wisdom, also on Twitter, before stepping away.

“I fell short but I shot for the stars,” he said. “(S)peak what you want into existence!”

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New York Rangers: Former top scorer Marian Gaborik retires

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Gaborik played parts of four seasons with the Rangers and was one of the most prolific scorers of the team’s new century endeavors.

Former New York Rangers scorer Marian Gaborik announced his retirement on Thursday, ending a 17-year NHL career. Gaborik spent parts of four seasons on Broadway, earning 229 points (114 goals, 115 assists) over 255 games. He also added 13 points in two playoff appearances (25 games).

Gaborik, 39, made his announcement through a post on Instagram, where former teammates like Mats Zuccarello stopped by to offer support and well wishes.

“It’s been a great honour [sic] and privilege to play in the best league in the world (the NHL), since I was 18 years old. The journey has been nothing short from spectacular, amazing, and unbelievable. Many times it’s been a roller coaster, but I always found the way back,” Gaborik wrote in the accompanying caption. He offered a special shoutout to each of the five teams that hosted his NHL endeavors, thanking the Rangers for “having experience(d) Sweet Caroline and living in energy heaven of the world”, referencing the retired tradition of playing the Neil Diamond song during the late stages of wins at Madison Square Garden.

Gaborik entered the league as the original draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, chosen third in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to score the first goal in franchise history and became an integral part of their run to the 2004 Western Conference Finals in only their third year of existence. Though he departed Minnesota after the 2008-09 season, he remains the Wild’s all-time leader in goals (219) and hat tricks (9). Those tallies include a five-goal game against the Rangers in December 2007.

Gaborik inked a five-year, $37.5 million deal with the Rangers in July 2009. He tied his career-best with 42 goals in his first season. Though the Rangers missed the playoffs, Gaborik played a vital role in helping establish what would become a seven-year postseason streak. He notable played all 82 games during the 2011-12 season that saw the Blueshirts finish atop the Eastern Conference. Gaborik led the team with 76 points, including 41 goals.

His most famous New York moment came in Game 3 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals, when his goal in triple overtime allowed the Rangers to earn a crucial win in Washington. Earlier that season, Gaborik earned MVP honors at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa (one of three All-Star appearances), earning a hat trick for a “fantasy” team captained by Zdeno Chara.

Gaborik’s Rangers career ended in April 2013, when he was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade that sent Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and John Moore to New York. He was traded again during the following year’s deadline, joining the Los Angeles Kings in time for their run to the Stanley Cup. The trade would pay off big for the Kings, as Gaborik led all playoff scorers with 14 goals in the ensuing postseason. Two of those came in the Cup Final against the Rangers, as a power play tally in the third period of Game 5 allowed Los Angeles to send the game into overtime, where they’d eventually clinch their second Cup in three years.

After the Cup win, Gaborik played parts of the next four seasons in Los Angeles before he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in February 2018. Ottawa wound up hosting his final NHL contests: Gaborik played 16 games as a Senator but injuries kept him off the ice for the rest of his career. His rights were eventually traded to Tampa Bay in December 2020 in what was seen as a salary cap-clearing move by the Lightning.

In addition to his NHL endeavors, Gaborik also starred for Slovakia’s national team partaking in their Winter Olympic efforts in 2006 and 2010. Gaborik’s last international effort came during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where he scored two goals for Team Europe, the tournament’s eventual runner-ups.

The modern Rangers (6-2-2) return to action on Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers (9:30 p.m. ET, MSG+).

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New Jersey native, ex-Jet WR Chris Hogan to enter retirement

New York Jets, Chris Hogan

The Wycoff native recently spent five games in New Orleans after working with the New York Jets last year.

New Jersey native and NFL wide receiver Chris Hogan is set to re-retire from football after 10 NFL seasons, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Hogan’s departure coincides with his 34th birthday. He was a member of the New Orleans Saints at the time of his retirement and played five games with the New York Jets last season.

New Jersey football defined the early stages of his NFL career: born and raised in Wycoff, Hogan excelled in both football and lacrosse. He went on to play the latter at Penn State but used a leftover year of eligibility to play football at Monmouth University. Hogan became a man of many talents in Long Branch, serving as a quarterback, receiver, cornerback, and special teams contributor during the 2010 season.

Hogan entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent for San Francisco in 2011. He would spend 11 days on the local New York Giants’ practice squad later that year. The receiver would make his NFL debut as a member of the Buffalo Bills during the late stages of the following year and spent the next three in Orchard Park, tallying 959 yards and six touchdowns.

It’s likely that Hogan will be best remembered for his three-year stint (2016-18) with the New England Patriots, where he contributed to two Super Bowl causes. He earned 1,651 and 12 touchdowns over 40 regular season games. An average reception of 17.9 yards tied with DeSean Jackson to lead all qualified NFL receivers in 2016. Hogan came up big during the ensuing playoff run, earning 275 yards in AFC playoff wins over Houston and Pittsburgh. His 180 yards earned the conference title game set a Patriots franchise record.

Injuries ate up at the latter stages of Hogan’s career: a knee injury limited him to seven games with the Carolina Panthers in 2019 while his stay with the Jets was cut short due to an ankle sprain. Hogan earned 118 yards on 14 receptions over five games in green before he was released in December.

Hogan originally left football in February, embarking on a professional lacrosse career through the Premier Lacrosse League. He returned to the NFL in July through a one-year deal with the Saints, with whom he’d earn 41 yards on four receptions, including a 10-year touchdown grab in New Orleans’ opening weekend win over Green Bay.

Other Ramapo High School alumni to play in the NFL include linebacker Blake Costanzo and quarterback Chris Simms.

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New York Jets, former Giants LB B.J. Goodson retires

A fourth-round pick of the Giants in 2016, Goodson partook in seven special teams snaps for the New York Jets on Sunday.

New York Jets linebacker B.J. Goodson announced his retirement on Wednesday afternoon, ending a career bookended by stops with each of the metropolitan area’s football squads. Goodson signed with the Jets last week and partook in seven snaps on special teams during the Jets’ 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Goodson entered the league as a fourth-round draft pick (109th overall) of the Giants in 2016, hailing from Clemson. The Giants hosted his first three NFL seasons before trading him to Green Bay in exchange for a draft pick shortly before the 2019 season opener.

He tallied 251 tackles and four interceptions over six NFL seasons, which also took him to Cleveland. The Jets brought him in as an injury replacement for fellow interior linebackers Jarrad Davis and Blake Cashman, each of whom is out for the foreseeable future.

Goodson spent last season with the Browns and posted career-best numbers during the Cleveland playoff trek. He led the team with 91 tackles and six pass breakups (both career-highs) and also earned two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

The former Tiger also started each of the Browns’ two postseason contests last winter and tied with M.J. Stewart for the team lead with 10 tackles in Wild Card triumph over Pittsburgh, their first playoff victory since the 1994-95 campaign. Goodson appeared in five postseason games, including the Giants’ most recent visit in the 2016-17 Wild Card round.

The Jets, sans Goodson, will return to action this Sunday afternoon, hitting the road to take on the Denver Broncos (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS).

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New York Jets OL Alex Lewis announces retirement (Report)

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Lewis, a fourth-round pick in Baltimore, was one of Joe Douglas’ first acquisitions of the Joe Douglas era.

Per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, New York Jets offensive lineman Alex Lewis has retired. Lewis had partaken in 24 Jets games, starting 21, over the last two seasons.

A fourth-round pick from the 2016 draft, Lewis was one of Jets general manager Joe Douglas’ first acquisitions. He came over from Baltimore in exchange for a seventh-round choice (that the Ravens eventually dealt to Minnesota) in August 2019. Lewis took over the starting left guard role after Kelechi Osemele’s departure and started the latter dozen games of the Jets’ 2019 campaign. His efforts were rewarded with a three-year, $18.6 million contract extension.

Lewis endured a tumultuous sophomore year in green, missing the final games of the year on the non-football injury list. Rumors of conflict with then-head coach Adam Gase emerged but were denied by Lewis himself. Cimini’s report states, however, that Lewis was displeased with the drafting of offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker in April. The Jets had traded up with Minnesota to select the interior blocker from USC. Lewis skipped offseason workouts but later agreed to a restructured contract. The new deal dropped his 2021 base salary by nearly $3 million, though he would be allowed to pursue free agency after the 2021 season.

The Jets placed Lewis on the exempt/left squad list a day after suffered a head injury in training camp on August 5. Such a designation precluded him from playing with any team this season. At the time, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that Lewis was “going through some things which are much greater than football right now”, per notes from the team.

New York returns to preseason action on Saturday later afternoon against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field (4:25 p.m. ET, WLNY/NFL Network).

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NFL: NJ native Greg Olsen announces retirement, joins Fox Sports

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The North Jersey native partook in 14 NFL seasons, mostly with Carolina. He will take up analyst duties with Fox Sports full-time.

New Jersey native and NFL tight end Greg Olsen announced his retirement from on-field endeavors on Sunday. Olsen made the announcement during Fox’s pregame show prior to the NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His NFL career ends with 8,683 yards on 742 receptions, 60 of which went for touchdowns.

Olsen, 35, was born in Paterson and raised in Wayne. He gained national recognition at Wayne Hills High School, playing under his father Chris before embarking on a three-year career at Miami. During his career in Coral Gables, Olsen starred alongside fellow future NFL stars like Frank Gore, Devin Hester, and Calais Campbell.

The Chicago Bears chose Olsen with the 31st overall pick on the 2007 NFL Draft. Olsen made an immediate impact, winning the team’s Brian Piccolo Award bestowed to a rookie and veteran who “best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, and sense of humor of the late Bears running back”.

Olsen was dealt to the Carolina Panthers in 2011. He would spend a majority of his career in Charlotte, earning strong reviews for both his receiving and blocking, His Carolina career closed in 2019 upon his release. He currently ranks third in Panthers history in receptions (524) and yardage (6,463), both of which are the best tallies for a tight end in team history. Olsen was nominated for three Pro Bowls (2014-16) and a pair of All-Pro honors (2015-16). After the 2015 season, Olsen partook in the Panthers’ run to Super Bowl 50. He notably earned a team-best 113 yards on six receptions in the Panthers’ 49-15 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC title game. For his efforts with the Panthers, Pro Football Focus also named Olsen to its all-2010s team.

Following his release from the Panthers, Olsen partook in one final season with Seattle, earning 239 yards on 24 receptions this season. Over the most recent offseason, Olsen called XFL games for Fox Sports, having previously signed a deal to join the network upon his retirement.

Olsen was the second player from Wayne Hills to partake in NFL football, joining former defensive end Ryan Neill, who played four seasons in Buffalo, St. Louis, and San Diego.

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Buffalo Bills: Former K Stephen Hauschka announces retirement

Hauschka spent three seasons as the Buffalo Bills’ reliable kicker. He announced his retirement through an Instagram post on Friday.

Veteran NFL kicker Stephen Hauschka announced his retirement on Friday afternoon through an Instagram post. Hauschka, 35, partook in 13 NFL seasons, spending his final three full campaigns with the Buffalo Bills.

The photographic post includes several photos immortalizing his football career, including cherished memories in the northeast. Several photos from his three-year stint in Western New York appear, as do snapshots from Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

“I started kicking a soccer ball at 3, switched to footballs at 19 and now at 35 I’m making the decision to hang up the cleats,” Hauschka’s accompanying caption read. “It’s been an amazing journey playing professional football the last 12+ years and when I reflect I feel grateful for all of it, the highs and the lows. It’s shaped me and my family and made us stronger and more resilient, more loving and understanding. Thank you to my family for always supporting my love of kicking.”

The former Division III kicker from Middlebury College chose to spend time as a graduate student at North Carolina State before joining the NFL in 2008. After spending time as a camp leg in Minnesota, Hauschka was chosen to succeed original Baltimore kicker Matt Stover with the Ravens, a job he held for two seasons. He would later spend brief stints with Atlanta, Detroit, Denver, and Las Vegas (with the Locomotives, their short-lived United Football League squad) during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Hauschka will likely be best known for his time spent with Seattle (2011-16) and Buffalo (2017-19). His best campaign in Seattle came in 2013, when he converted 33-of-35 field goal tries and all 44 of his extra point attempts. The former soccer player was also perfect on eight triple attempts in the postseason, the last two coming in the Seahawks’ 43-8 win over Denver in East Rutherford’s Super Bowl. Hauschka would depart Seattle as the second-leading scorer in team history, behind only fellow kicker Norm Johnson.

Buffalo signed Hauschka to a three-year deal in 2017. His propensity for line-drive kicks was seen as an advantage in the chilly atmosphere in Orchard Park. Hauschka lived up to the hype, as he would earn a reputation for kicking it from deep. He would make NFL history in a Bills uniform by converting a record 13 straight attempts from at least 50 yards out over the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Bills reached the playoffs in two of the three seasons Hauschka spent as their kicker. His most famous Buffalo boot was likely his last, as a 47-yard tally in the dying stages of regulation sent their 2020 Wild Card game appearance against Houston into overtime. Overall, Hauschka went 73-of-89 (82 percent) in his time with the Bills. Despite playing only three seasons, he ranks ninth in team history in terms of points (303).

The Bills released Hauschka in August, four months after they took Tyler Bass in the NFL Draft. His final NFL contest came in October through a one-game cameo with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hauschka gave a special thank you to Bills fans in his farewell caption.

“To the fans, the 12s and bills mafia [sic], two of the best, I always felt your unwavering passion for your team and city,” Hauschka said, referring to the respective fanbases of Seattle and Buffalo. “The energy and excitement you brought to game day was what made football fun and exciting. The tension, the drama, knowing everyone was watching and that the kick was important.”

Several of Hauschka’s former teammates arrived in the comments to support him, including Buffalo comrades Josh Allen, Dion Dawkins, Micah Hyde, and Reid Ferguson.

The modern Bills (8-3) return to action on Monday night in Glendale, Arizona against the San Francisco 49ers (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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NASCAR: Matt Kenseth’s days of full-time racing are “over”

Kenseth had returned to the NASCAR Cup Series to take over for the fired Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet.

After nearly two full decades on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit, it appears Matt Kenseth is finally ready for the checkered flag.

The 2003 Cup Series champion revealed to Tamira Madsen of the Wisconsin State Journal that he will more than likely no longer in NASCAR on a full-time basis. Kenseth has come out of retirement twice, including this past season, since originally departing in 2017.

I can say with almost 100 percent certainty that my days in professional racing, at least full-time professional racing, are over,” Kenseth told Madsen. “I look forward to doing late model stuff or IMSA, or something like that. A little bit here or there. As far as NASCAR racing full-time or professional racing, those days are behind me.”

Kenseth, 48, returned to NASCAR to sub in for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. Larson had previously been fired from the vehicle after using a racial slur during a streamed virtual event on the iRacing platform. Kenseth made his CGR debut when NASCAR returned from the coronavirus-induced pause at Darlington Raceway in May. Such a move reunited Kenseth with Kurt Busch, modern driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet for Ganassi. The duo previously starred at Roush Racing at the turn of the century, bringing the team championships in back-to-back seasons.

Kenseth’s return got off to a good start with a 10th-place finish in The Real Heroes 400, but he struggled over the remainder 32 races of the year, earning only one other top-ten finish, doing when he finished second to Kevin Harvick at Indianapolis. He expressed disappointment over failing to generate more momentum in the No. 42, partly blaming the lack of qualifying and practice, a loss made necessary as NASCAR trimmed their race weekends to a single day in the era of social distancing.

Finishing second at Indy was the highlight of our year,” Kenseth said. “We didn’t get any decent momentum or consistency to build off of. We had competitive runs here and there. We had a little bit of momentum going at times, and other times it felt like we were going backward.”

If this is truly the end for Kenseth, 2020 shouldn’t sully what’s been a strong NASCAR career. Kenseth’s dominant performance guided him to the 2003 Cup Series title, the last season held without a playoff system. Other accolades at the Cup level include the 2000 Rookie of the Year Award, two Daytona 500 victories (2009, 2012), and 39 race victories overall in a 19-year full-time career at Roush and Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth had previously come out of retirement to race in 2018, driving Roush’s No. 6 Ford on a part-time basis after the demotion of Trevor Bayne. The 2019 season was the first Cup Series season that did not feature Kenseth on the track since 1997.

“I will say that 2019 was one of the best years of my life,” Kenseth recalled in Madsen’s report. “I had tons of free time, and had a great time with Katie and the kids. There was no stress and we spent the whole summer together doing whatever we wanted to do. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity at Ganassi and thankful that I did it. I was kind of getting the itch to go race again. So there was a lot of good that came about.”

Kenseth is one of three full-time drivers to retire after the 2020 season, joining Clint Bowyer and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson. It had previously been announced that NASCAR Xfinity Series veteran Ross Chastain would inherit the No. 42 from Kenseth next season.

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NASCAR: Clint Bowyer announces retirement and move to Fox Sports

Bowyer, 41, has been racing in the NASCAR Cup Series full-time since 2006. He will increase his duties with Fox Sports next season.

NASCAR Cup Series veteran Clint Bowyer announced his retirement on Thursday night through an open letter on Twitter.

Bowyer, the current driver of the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, will finish out the 2020 season and move to the Fox Sports’ NASCAR coverage. His letter begins by recapping his early auto racing career while growing up in Emporia, Kansas before describing his NASCAR career in vivid terms, thanking every owner and sponsor he’s raced under during his tenure before making his announcement.

“I have a new opportunity (to) do what’s next in my life. In 2021, my suit will no longer be fireproof. I will be joining the FOX [sic] booth on Sundays,” Bowyer wrote. “Just like my driving career, I will be part of a great team and organization with great teammates. To say I’m excited would be an understatement.”

Bowyer joined NASCAR’s national proceedings under the watch of renowned team owner Richard Childress, running his first races in what is now the Xfinity Series level in 2004. He was promoted to full-time Cup racing in 2006, driving the No. 07 Chevrolet for Childress. The first of 10 Cup Series came in the 2007 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motorspeedway en route to a third-place finish in the final standings. Bowyer raced in the No. 07, and later the No. 33, for six seasons before moving to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012. While with Childress, Bowyer took home the 2008 Xfinity (then Nationwide) Series title.

Driving the No. 15 Toyota for MWR, Bowyer flourished in 2012, winning a career-best three races and finishing in the runner-up spot in the Cup Series standings. He briefly raced for low-budget HScott Motorsports after MWR shut down prior to the 2016 season, but took over SHR’s No. 14 after the retirement of former champion and team owner Tony Stewart. Bowyer has made the NASCAR playoffs in each of his last three seasons with SHR, winning two races in 2018.

During his career, Bowyer’s vibrant personality endeared him to fans and fellow drivers alike. That trait was fully on display during NASCAR’s coronavirus-induced pause in early spring, as Bowyer earned positive reviews while both analyzing and competing in virtual events hosted on the iRacing simulator alongside Fox regulars Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon. Bowyer also called events on the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoor Truck Series level for FS1. His Fox debut came during an Xfinity Series race at Pocono a year prior.

With Bowyer vacating the No. 14 Ford, SHR did not announce an immediate heir, but it’s very possible that the wheel will be turned to the team’s Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe. His No. 98 Ford currently tops the Xfinity playoff standings and has won a circuit-best eight races this season.

Bowyer currently sits 11th in the Cup Series playoff ledger, 38 points away from the cutoff to the Round of 8. He’ll have one last opportunity to advance on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte’s Bank of America Roval 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC). The No. 14 Ford will start 11th.

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New York Giants veteran Zak DeOssie announces his retirement

The veteran New York Giants long snapper announced his retirement on Friday. He already has a second career lined up.

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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