NEW YORK (WFAN) – If there is a season, count Chad Pennington out.
Rehabbing from shoulder and knee injuries, the former Jets quarterback won’t suit up this year. He’ll instead take a seat in upstairs in the television booth.
“I’m actually going to take this year off, get healthy and do some work for Fox Sports,” Pennington told the Charleston Daily Mail last week. “I’m going to evaluate things and see where I am physically.”
According to the Miami Herald, Pennington signed a one-year contract with the network and will be paired with play-by-play man Sam Rosen.
Pennington’s 2010 season with the Dolphions lasted just two plays before he sustained a major right shoulder injury. He had surgery on it for the fourth time, and then tore his ACL playing a pickup basketball game in March.
“It was just a dumb decision,” Pennington said. “I was in town in March, doing some foundation work and decided to play in a pickup basketball game and tore my ACL. I haven’t played (football), I wasn’t training real hard at the time because I was doing some shoulder rehab, and my legs weren’t ready to play basketball, so it was just dumb. The last time I played a pickup basketball game was when I was at Marshall. It’s one of those things.”
Pennington’s career completion percentage of 66.0 is the highest in NFL history among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 attempts. He’s the only player to win the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award twice.
“It seems like I majored in (comebacks),” Pennington told the Daily Mail. “It seems to follow me around.”
A fan favorite, No. 10 led the Jets to the playoffs in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
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