Former Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins Retires From the NFL
Former Eagles safety and Super Bowl champion, Malcolm Jenkins has retired from the NFL
Jenkins announced his retirement Wednesday morning in a heartfelt message on his social media account, saying after 13-years his time on the football field has come to an end.
A product of Piscataway NJ, who starred at Ohio State University made mention of his contributions both on and off the field in the post.
“I’m just a boy from Piscataway, who through this game, became a champion in the sport and a champion for the people. My time on the field may be over, but I’ll never stop fighting for the people.”
Jenkins, 34, joined the Eagles as a free agent before the 2014 season and become a key member of Jim Schwartz defense. He spent the first five years of his pro 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, getting bids in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
In the team’s Super Bowl win against New England in February 2017, he recorded four solo tackles and a pass deflection.
"I was able to show my authentic self, and realize the fan base really connected with who I was," Jenkins told ESPN back in November before the Eagles played the Saints.
The Eagles declined to pick up Jenkins' contract option for the 2020 season, and he returned to New Orleans to finish his career with with the team that drafted him with thw No. 14 overall pick in the 2009 draft.
As our friend Jeff Kerr from CBS Sports notes, Jenkins was a warrior on the field, leading his team in snaps played every year since the 2014 season.
In six years with the #Eagles, Malcolm Jenkins missed just 91 defensive snaps. He played in 98.6% of the snaps, including streak of 2,651 snaps (ended in 2020). 6,407 out of 6,498 snaps. Also played all 411 postseason snaps. Total 98.68% of defensive snaps.
The Eagles along with some current an former Eagles congratulated Jenkins on a great career:
He also joined the Sports Bash at the Super Bowl on Radio Row in Miami: