Former Giants RB Rashad Jennings officially announces retirement
In eight seasons in the NFL, Rashad Jennings never quite put up superstar numbers, but dependability is a needed trait in a running back and he provided that for three different franchises before officially calling it quits on Friday.
Jennings announced his decision to officially retire on Twitter after spending the entire 2017 season as a free agent.
A seventh-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars at the 2009 NFL Draft, Jennings spent four years in North Florida as a primary backup to Maurice Jones-Drew. The Liberty product then went on to sign a deal in free agency with the Oakland Raiders, where he led the team in rushing in 2013.
That breakout season landed him a four-year, $14 million deal with the New York Giants the following offseason. He’d go on to spend three seasons as the top back and led the team in rushing two of those three seasons.
For his career, Jennings ran for 3,772 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He also proved to be valuable as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 191 passes for 1,469 yards and 2 touchdowns, for a total of 5,241 yards from scrimmage.
After he was released by the Giants in February, he made his debut on Dancing With The Stars on March 1. Jenning went on to win the 24th season with partner Emma Slater, making him the fourth NFL player to win the competition.