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Former Giants Super Bowl tight end retires at the age of 26

jake ballardJake Ballard the former New York Giants tight end was a very solid player when the team went to the Super Bowl against the Patriots, but that injury he sustained was huge. 

Aaron Wilson    @RavensInsider 
Tight end Jake Ballard announces his retirement

The 26 year old tight end retired today, because he felt he never felt the same after he tore his ACL in the 2nd half of the Super Bowl according to Pro Football Talk. 

“Yesterday I made the difficult decision to retire from the game of football,” Ballard said in a statement.  “I love this game and have put my heart and soul into it for as long as I can remember.  After sustaining a serious knee injury while playing for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, my body never felt the same.  Having a quality of life after football is very important to me and I have witnessed it taken away from others.  I will miss the game tremendously, but I am ready for this next chapter in my life.  It was an honor and a privilege to play for the NY Giants, New England Patriots, and most recently the Arizona Cardinals.  I met amazing people from all of my teammates, to opponents, to trainers, to coaches, to owners, and everyone in between. I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your fraternity and I wish you all nothing but success.”

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