New York Giants star Brandon Jackson has announced his retirement from the NFL, calling time on a nine-year career.
Jackson, who spent eight of his nine years as a professional footballer, running a total of 5,087 yards; scoring 60 touchdowns on 1,136 carries in the process.
The news is unlikelt to surprise many, as running backs historically have short career in the NFL. Nonetheless the 28-year-old caused something of a social media storm when he took to Twitter to publicly announce his retirement from the game.
Jackson wrote on his official account: “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 for Giants fans, they’re likely to most fondly remember Jackson for the important role he played in both of their Super Bowl wins. In 2007 and 2011 was he was a key part of the side that lifted the Super Bowl trophy, and was a renowned presence in the dressing room.
The Giants will now look to replace the veteran before the start of next season.