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Brandon Jacobs Retirement: Running back ends 'amazing run'

Brandon Jacobs announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Running back Brandon Jacobs announced his retirement from the NFL late Thursday night, releasing a statement via Twitter.

"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!"

Jacobs had major knee surgery near the end of the season. He said Sunday after the season finale that if he chose to try to play again, it would only be with the Giants.

"Screw all them other teams, I'm a Giant," Jacobs said. "It's never going to the the same anywhere else. There's nothing like this place."

Jacobs, 31, spent one aborted, unhappy season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. Otherwise, he has been a Giant since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He finishes his career as the team's career leader in rushing touchdowns with 60 and ranks fourth in rushing yards with 5,087.

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