Former Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins Retires From the NFL
Former Philadelphia Eagles safety and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins has retired from the NFL.
Jenkins announced his retirement Wednesday morning in a heartfelt message on his social media account, saying after 13 years his time on the football field has come to an end.
A product of Piscataway, NJ, who starred at Ohio State University, made mention of his contributions both on and off the field in the post.
“I’m just a boy from Piscataway, who through this game, became a champion in the sport and a champion for the people. My time on the field may be over, but I’ll never stop fighting for the people.”
Jenkins, 34, joined the Eagles as a free agent before the 2014 season and become a key member of Jim Schwartz's defense. He spent the first five years of his pro career with the Saints from 2009 to 2013, winning a Super Bowl with New Orleans in 2009.
Jenkins made his only three Pro Bowls as a member of the Eagles, getting bids in 2015, 2017, and 2018.
In the team’s Super Bowl win against New England in February 2017, he recorded four solo tackles and a pass deflection.
"I was able to show my authentic self, and realize the fan base really connected with who I was," Jenkins told ESPN back in November before the Eagles played the Saints.
The Eagles declined to pick up Jenkins' contract option for the 2020 season, and he returned to New Orleans to finish his career with the team that drafted him with the 14th overall pick in the 2009 draft.