New York Giants right guard Chris Snee has decided to retire after an excellent ten-year career, and he spent every season of his decade-long career with the organization, winning two Super Bowls in the process. Snee established himself as one of the most reliable offensive linemen in the league, as he was a punishing run blocker who remained steady in pass protection. It looked like he would be the veteran anchor of a new-look, strong offensive line, but it was reported yesterday that he would announce his retirement today after failing to recover from a nasty elbow injury that caused him to play in just three games (previous career low was 11 as a rookie after missing just one game from 2005-2012).
Now, the Giants have officially announced Snee’s retirement, and we have an interesting quote from the former star guard on why he decided to call it quits at just the age of 32 (interior offensive linemen can last longer than most players, though they still take plenty of punishment as they grade the road down in the trenches).
Snee told ESPN’s Josina Anderson, “I felt worse by continuing to workout. I am nowhere near the level of strength that I usually have. That’s been my game for 10 years, being one of the strongest players out there and using that to my advantage. If I don’t have that, I wouldn’t be able to do my job the way I expect, but also with what they expect of me. That’s kind of what Jerry (Reese) and I agreed upon in March when we decided to try this thing and see if I can come back. I told him that he had my word, that I would be honest with him, and I was. (Now) I’ve told him that my body has had enough. With the way last season ended that’s the last thing I wanted to experience again.”
Reading this makes Snee’s decision sting a little bit more, because he was forced to retire before he should have as a result of an injury that sapped out his ability. It’s a tough blow for the Giants organization and the fan base, but he did accomplish quite a bit during his ten years in the league. Not only did he make the Pro Bowl four times and have his name on the first-team All-Pro list in 2008, but he will also end up in the Giants “Ring of Honor”.