Before his latest injury, New York Giants' linebacker Jon Beason told Pat Traina of Bleacher Report that if he was injured again, he would seriously consider retirement rather than go through the grind of rehabbing yet another surgery to try and play one more season.
Wednesday afternoon, it became known that Jon Beason would be one of a trio of high-profile Giants released. Now, Beason has decided to call it a career.
He was drafted into the league in 2007 by the Carolina Panthers after he was passed on by the Giants. In the first part of his career in Carolina, Beason established himself as one of the league's premier linebackers, but lost his job to injuries and Luke Kuechly. In 2013 the Giants traded a 7th round pick to the Panthers for Beason's services. Beason stayed healthy that season and it earned him a big contract from the Giants. However, Beason only played nine games in his last two years a Giant, which leads us to where we are now.
Former Giant Chase Blackburn has expressed an interest in making a transition to coaching. Known for his mind as much as his physical abilities, we'll have to see if Beason makes the same move.
On his career Beason said, "I always tried to give my all and be competitive. I wanted to go out and continue to play at a high level, giving my all. I was able to do that."
Beason's arrival in New York coincided with a five game winning streak, a time Beason described as "special". "That first year, it was quite a story. We experienced a lot of success once I got there. (I'm) not saying it was because of me, but the timing of it, winning seven of nine, having an opportunity to win five games straight after an 0-6 start was special, and showed the type of guys we had in the locker room. It's just crazy what can happen when everybody buys in and gives of themselves for a cause. It couldn't have been scripted any better for me personally."
But despite his desire to continue playing, Beason was advised by doctors to step away from the game. "I feel like I let people down in terms of my availability to play on Sundays," Beason said. "It was extremely difficult and unfortunately consistent the latter part of my career. I know that those things were out of my control, and there wasn't one single thing I could have done more with the cards I was dealt to ensure that I was available more and healthy, and able to go out and help my team compete."
The Giants also made official the previously reported news that they have released Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz.
Congratulations to Jon Beason on a great career. He will always be remembered as a true leader & fierce competitor. pic.twitter.com/jxbNdc6LlK— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 10, 2016