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Clint Sintim, former Giants' 2nd-round pick, retires from football

Clint Sintim's NFL career is over. The 2009 second-round pick by the Giants has announced his retirement due to knee injuries.

Clint Sintim
Clint Sintim

Clint Sintim, the former New York Giants outside linebacker, has officially announced his retirement from football. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reported the news, which Sintim acknowledged early Monday on his Facebook page.

On Facebook, the 27-year-old Sintim wrote:

"I never actually announced it but I am officially retired from the game of football. I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout my movement but it was honestly time for me to walk away from the game. Ambition should not be limited to a sport and in my case it is not. "Continue to chase your dreams with the awareness of obstacles....You may not always be able to dictate your path.....but your response to change is always mental!!"

Drafted in the second round in 2009 (45th overall) the Giants hoped Sintim would become the dominant outside linebacker they have been unable to find since the days of Jesse Armstead. He struggled to adapt from a 3-4 collegiate defensive end to a stand-up 4-3 outside linebacker, and knee injuries robbed him of the opportunity to complete the transition.

The 6-foot-2, 249-pound Sintim has not played in an NFL game since 2010. He finishes his career with only one sack and 23 tackles in 23 games, only one of which he started.