ALBANY – Former Giants wideout Devin Thomas is done. The fifth-year receiver, who recovered two key fumbles in the Giants’ NFC championship game win over the San Francisco 49ers in January, first announced the move on Twitter.
“I have decided to retire from the NFL,” he tweeted simply from his official account, @IAmDevinThomas.
Thomas, who is just 25 years old and had been in training camp with the Chicago Bears, said he stepped away from the game because he has other goals.
“I mean, you know, football, it’s just a game,” he told the Daily News. “I enjoyed playing it for awhile. I had my greatest moments obviously with the Giants. I felt my spirit going other ways. I just felt it was a good time to let the game go. I think this is the perfect time.”
Thomas, a second-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2008, struggled during the first four years of his career, trying to find a niche with the Redskins and then the Carolina Panthers. But he rediscovered himself with the Giants last season, earning a job as the team’s kick returner.
Thomas later lost that job, but he played a critical role on special teams for the Giants in the playoffs. And that, he said, allowed him to walk away from the game and be at peace.
“That’s the whole purpose of me playing the game anyway,” he told the News of winning Super Bowl XLVI with the Giants. “I accomplished my childhood dream. I couldn’t care less about personal goals as far as Pro Bowls and receiving yards.”
Thomas told the News he will now focus on planning his upcoming wedding with fiancé Porshia, spend time with his four-year-old son, Devin Jr., and “give some of my time and effort back to my hometown” of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
that was a very anti-climatic end to his career.
foxes – let’s wish him the best.
he have us great eye candy through-out the years.
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