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Giants Running Back Brandon Jacobs Announces Retirement

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Brandon Jacobs (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Brandon Jacobs (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is calling it a career after nine seasons.

Jacobs announced his retirement Thursday night on Twitter.

“After 9 years in this whirlwind business they call the NFL, I am proud to announce that I am hanging up my cleats,” he wrote. “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!”

Known for his bruising running style, Jacobs spent eight of his nine pro seasons with the Giants and was a key member of the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl championship teams.

A fourth-round draft pick out of Southern Illiniois in 2005, Jacobs, 32, rushed for 5,094 yards and 60 career touchdowns and enjoyed 1,000-yard seasons in 2007 and 2008. He is fourth on the Giants’ all-time rushing list and holds the team record for rushing touchdowns.

As a free agent in 2012, Jacobs and the Giants were unable to agree on a new contract, propelling him to sign with the San Francisco 49ers. He, however, returned to the Meadowlands this season after running back Andre Brown broke his leg in the preseason.

A knee injury ended Jacobs’ season prematurely. He underwent surgery and reportedly faces four months of rehab.

Jacobs wasn’t the only Giant to announce his retirement Thursday. Earlier, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who was rumored to be on the hot seat, announced he was retiring from coaching.

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