Rashad Jennings officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday and was in East Rutherford to do it as a member of the New York Giants.
“Obviously, I want to retire as a Giant because I feel that’s where I made my staple as an NFL player on and off the football field,” he said. “The history that this organization has, to be a part of that, is very rewarding and something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
Jennings added that the reason for his retirement now is basically because no team signed him, but he is ready to move on to other things in his life.
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Jennings is known for his three seasons with the New York Giants. He rushed for 2,095 of his 3,772 career rushing yards with the Giants, and 12 of his 25 touchdowns came with the franchise.
Jennings said in July during his 180 Weekend in Lynchburg that playing for Giants presented him opportunities in “the fashion world, acting, TV commentating, TV personality stuff, having my own cartoon [and] writing books.”
“It’s opened up doors that a degree wouldn’t allow just solely,” Jennings added. “I’m fortunate enough to play with a great franchise like the New York Giants and that door will always be open and welcoming. It became my home in the NFL and where I was known to play at.
The Forest native is the Flames’ all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 42 and is third in the record books with 3,633 rushing yards on 633 carries. His breakout 2008 season with 1,500 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns are both single-season bests.
Jennings was released by the Giants following the conclusion of the 2016 season. He remained in playing shape by participating in the 24th season of Dancing With The Stars. Teamed with professional dancer Emma Slater, Jennings defeated former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross in the finals.
The 32-year-old Jennings said he will hold a press conference with the Giants to announce his future plans.
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