Former Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins retires from the NFL

Former Eagles and Super Bowl safety champion Malcolm Jenkins has retired from the NFL

Jenkins announced his retirement on Wednesday morning in a heartfelt post on his social media account, saying that after 13 years his time on the football pitch was over.

A Piscataway NJ product, who played at Ohio State University, mentioned his contributions both on and off the court in the post.

“I’m just a boy from Piscataway who through this game became a champion of the sport and a champion of the people. My time on the pitch may be over, but I will never stop fighting for the people.

Jenkins, 34, joined the Eagles as a free agent ahead of the 2014 season and became a key member of Jim Schwartz’s defense. He spent the first five years of his professional career with the Saints from 2009 to 2013, winning a Super Bowl with New Orleans in 2009.

Jenkins made his only three Pro Bowls as a member of the Eagles, earning offers in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

In the team’s Super Bowl victory over New England in February 2017, he recorded four solo tackles and one pass deflection.

“I was able to show my authentic self and realize that the fanbase was really connected to who I was,” Jenkins told ESPN in November before the Eagles played the Saints.

The Eagles declined to take Jenkins’ contract option for the 2020 season, and he returned to New Orleans to finish his career with the team that drafted him with the No. 2009 draft.

As our friend Jeff Kerr from CBS Sports notes, Jenkins was a warrior on the court, leading his team in snaps played every year since the 2014 season.

By Kerr:

In six years with the #Eagles, Malcolm Jenkins only missed 91 defensive shots. He played in 98.6% of snaps, including a streak of 2,651 snaps (completed in 2020). 6,407 out of 6,498 snaps. Also played all 411 post-season snaps. Total 98.68% defensive snaps.

The Eagles as well as some current and former Eagles congratulated Jenkins on his fine career:

He also joined the Sports Bash at the Super Bowl on Radio Row in Miami:

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