Derrick Ward announces retirement

Veteran running back Derrick Ward is done playing football. Ward, 31, announced his retirement via his official Twitter account today. "To all my fans just wanted to let u know its been a great ride the last 9yrs but I'm calling it a career," Ward wrote. "I thank u all for believing in me!"

Ward rushed for 2,628 career yards and 12 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons, playing for the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Texans.

In 2008 with the Giants, he rushed for 1,025 yards. He caught 96 passes for 787 yards and three touchdowns.

He began his career with the New York Jets when he was picked in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL draft before being signed by the Giants off their practice squad.

The Buccaneers cut Ward after he rushed for only 409 in his first season in Tampa.

He rushed for 469 yards and six touchdowns with the Texans over the past two seasons.

Ward gained 154 yards last season, starting once and appearing in a dozen games.

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