Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard (86) against the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Giants TE Jake Ballard calling it quits

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Arizona Cardinals TE Jake Ballard is hanging up the cleats. He has missed a couple of days in practice because of knee soreness and he has decided to retire because of ongoing knee problems.

“I love this game and have put my heart and soul into it for as long as I can remember,” Ballard’s statement read in part. “After sustaining a serious knee injury while playing for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, my body never felt the same.  Having a quality of life after football is very important to me and I have witnessed it taken away from others.  I will miss the game tremendously, but I am ready for this next chapter in my life.” - azcardinals.com

Ballard had a good run while he was on the field. He won the Super Bowl with the Giants over the New England Patriots, but his body has never been the same since that game.

“It was an honor and a privilege to play for the NY Giants, New England Patriots, and most recently the Arizona Cardinals,” Ballard’s statement continued. “I met amazing people from all of my teammates, to opponents, to trainers, to coaches, to owners, and everyone in between. I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your fraternity and I wish you all nothing but success.”

 

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