After ten seasons with the New York Jets in which he only missed one snap, former Virginia standout D'Brickashaw Ferguson is reportedly retiring from the NFL, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
He has yet to publicly comment on the report, but Ferguson "has decided to retire because he no longer feels he can play up to his usual standard,” cites one of Cimini's sources.
Ferguson was drafted by the Jets with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and went on to become one of the most durable offensive tackles in the NFL, starting in 160 consecutive games for the Jets and was on the field for 10,707 out of 10,708 regular season offensive snaps.
Ferguson was named to the Pro Bowl roster in three consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2011.
Before heading to the NFL, Ferguson had one of the best careers in UVA football history. He was a two-time All-ACC first team selection, becoming the first UVA offensive lineman to earn such honor since 1998. On top of that, Ferguson earned first-team All-America honors in 2005, his senior season in Charlottesville, Va.
Ferguson was considered a three-star recruit out of Freeport High School in Freeport, New York and chose Virginia over Michigan State.
The 32-year-old is the latest in a growing number of players to retire from the league before injuries force them to hang up their cleats. In December, Ferguson wrote a story for Sports Illustrated in which criticized the NFL's handling and understand of traumatic brain injuries and how it related to the movie "Concussion."
As I’ve come to find out, it isn’t just the large collisions that can be problematic, but rather the smaller collisions that don’t even amount to concussions but happen far more frequently, that are the real catalysts leading to CTE. Mike Webster was believed to have participated in about 25,000 violent collisions.
After learning all of this, I feel a bit betrayed by the people or committees put in place by the league who did not have my best interests at heart.
Earlier in the week, the Jets reportedly asked Ferguson, who had somewhat of a down year in 2015, to take a pay cut in hopes that the team could re-sign quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.