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Dan Benton

Ex-Giant Devon Kennard announces retirement from NFL

Former New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard officially announced this retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

“I am so blessed to have accomplished all I have and I give God all the glory,” Kennard wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “My goal was to walk away from the game healthy and on my terms and that’s exactly what I am doing now!

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“I want to thank every owner, GM, athletic trainer, strength coach, coach, equipment manager, media team and so on that played a part in my career. You all know who you are and can call on me whenever!

“Major (shout-out) to my parents, brother/sister and my wife and kids and rest of my family! I wouldn’t be where I am at without all of you!”

Kennard was a fifth-round pick of the Giants in the 2014 NFL draft. He spent four seasons with Big Blue before stints with the Detroit Lions (2018-2019), Arizona Cardinals (2020-2022) and Baltimore Ravens (2022).

In 118 career games (74 starts), Kennard recorded 367 tackles (247 solo, 54 for a loss), 63 QB hits, 26.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, 10 passes defensed and one interception.

As a rookie in 2014, Kennard recorded 4.5 sacks which, at the time, was just a half-sack away from tying the team’s all-time rookie record.

Once a Giant, always a Giant.

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