Former NFL receiver Greg Jennings announced his retirement via YouTube, putting a positive spin on his future.
“The past 20 years of my life have been football, but today that all changes. This smile is not going to be removed, it’s going to be enhanced,” Jennings said in his YouTube video.
“Physically I know I can still do it. I’m in shape. I’ve been training hard. You guys have seen some of my regimens, but I feel as though I would be going back to football versus moving forward.”
Jennings starred for the Green Bay Packers from 2006 to 2012, registering three 1,000 yards seasons. His best seasons were 2008, when he had 1,292 yards and nine touchdowns, and 2010, when he had 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns (he also had 12 touchdowns in 2007).
During his seven years with the Packers, he caught 425 passes for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns.
“Excellent football player. Obviously he’s a Super Bowl champion,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think great memories for his time here, particularly in that game (Super Bowl XLV). Made some huge plays in the football game. Greg could light up a room with a smile. Played a lot of really good football for us.”
In 2013, after playing in only eight games the previous year, he joined the Minnesota Vikings. He played only two years in Minnesota, catching 68 passes for 804 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 and 59-742-6 in 2014. The Vikings released him and he signed with the Miami Dolphins last year, catching a career-low 19 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown.
Jennings had been looking to sign again with the Vikings this offseason, but the team didn’t show interest in making that move and Jennings had remained a free agent.
“Football is over. I’m done,” Jennings said in his video. “No more big hits, not more ‘Touchdown, Greg Jennings!” at least within the lines of the football field. I’m done and I’m excited to be done.”
Over his 10-year career, Jennings caught 571 passes for 8,291 yards and 64 touchdowns.
“I’m done, but I’m just getting started,” he said. “Let’s do it.”