Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has retired.
The former first-round pick made the announcement during a recent appearance on the Pardon My Take Podcast and is retiring with an enviable NFL playoff record.
Per NFL reporter Field Yates: “Bortles ends his NFL career with the highest home playoff win percentage (1,000) and fourth most rushing yards per attempt (6.2) in NFL history (at least 250 carries).”
Bortles led the Jaguars to the 2017 AFC Championship Game after finishing the season 10-6 under head coach Doug Marrone.
As part of a team that included the infamous “Sacksonville” defense, Bortles started in all three playoff games, including their only home game – a 10-3 win over the Buffalo Bills.
In the 2017 playoffs, Bortles had 594 passing yards, 121 rushing yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
Although he returned to the playoffs as a member of the 2020 Los Angeles Rams, he did not compete on the field.
Bortles is retiring after spending five seasons as a starter for the Jaguars, followed by stints with the Rams, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.
On the podcast, Bortles admitted he “hasn’t touched football since January” and officially retired earlier this year because he chose not to tell anyone.
When asked if he would now theoretically accept a two-year, $15 million offer from a team, Bortles admitted, “I mean, I think if someone were stupid enough to offer that kind of money, it’s pretty hard to insist on.”
However, he also said he’s “pretty clear where I stand on the decision.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6378183/jacksonville-jaguars-icon-blake-bortles-retires-nfl-playoff-record/ Jacksonville Jaguars icon Blake Bortles is retiring with an NFL playoff record that will never be beaten