New York Jets iron man D’Brickashaw Ferguson announced to the football world his intention to retire on Saturday, officially marking the end of a Pro-Bowl career in which he only missed one snap during his 10 years with the team.
After the Jets asked him to take a pay cut from the $10.75 million he was set to make this year, Ferguson decided that the time to step down was now. Had the team not asked him to reduce his salary, the 32-year-old Freeport, New York native would have certainly remained on the roster for next season.
While attending the University of Virginia, Ferguson started all 49 games for the Cavaliers, and was named to the consensus All-America first team during his senior season. He was also named to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team two years in a row, becoming the team’s first All-ACC offensive tackle since 1998.
The Jets selected Ferguson with the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances between 2009 and 2011.
Ferguson was known as one of the best left tackles in football throughout his time with the Jets. He made 160 straight starts and played 10, 707 out of 10, 708 regular season starts. Team owner Woody Johnson called Ferguson “one of the finest players” in team history.
On Friday, Ferguson penned a letter thanking the Jets and his supporters, as well as reminiscing about being drafted 10 years ago in New York.
Below is the letter written by Ferguson.
Thank you for the numerous messages of support. It has been a blessing to be apart of the NYJ. My letter to you pic.twitter.com/hcIRk41QtM
— DBrickashaw Ferguson (@DBrickashaw) April 9, 2016
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