NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is retiring after 17 seasons for nine different teams.
The announcement comes as Fitzpatrick is reportedly speaking with Prime Video about a position working on Amazon’s live coverage of the NFL for the 2022-2023 season.
Who is Ryan Fitzpatrick?
Ryan Fitzpatrick, 39, was selected as a seventh-round NFL draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2005.
He played two seasons for the team before joining the Cincinnati Bengals from 2006-08.
Over the course of his career, Fitzpatrick played for a total of nine teams, including:
- St. Louis Rams (2005 and 2006 seasons)
- Cincinnati Bengals (2007 and 2008 seasons)
- Buffalo Bills (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons)
- Tennessee Titans (2013 season)
- Houston Texans (2014 season)
- New York Jets (2015 and 2016 seasons)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017 and 2018 seasons)
- Miami Dolphins (2019 and 2020 seasons)
- Washington (2021 season)
Before being signed by the NFL, Fitzpatrick attended Harvard University, where he majored in economics.
He had graduated from high school with no Division-IA scholarship offers on the table, and when he joined the varsity football team, he only started five times in his first two seasons.
However, he became a starting quarterback in his third year and received Ivy League MVP honors and the George H. Lowe Award in his senior year at Harvard.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2005 and finished his college football career second on the school’s list for passing degrees and became the first quarterback with 1,000+ rushing yards.
Why is he leaving the NFL?
Fitzpatrick will not be returning to play for the NFL and is reportedly pursuing a spot as a live coverage commentator for Amazon in the upcoming 2022 season.
Sporting News reported that according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Fitzpatrick’s decision to retire was due to a hip injury sustained in the 2021 season, from which he has not yet fully recovered.
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson posted a message from Fitzpatrick on Jun 2, 2022.
The post featured a photo with the names of teammates Fitzpatrick had played with throughout his career and featured Fitzpatrick’s message which read, “Forever grateful for the magical ride.”
Jackson captioned the post, “Congratulations on a Helluva career Fitzy!! I loved sharing the field with you!! The gratitude is all mine!”
What were Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career stats?
Fitzpatrick leaves the NFL with an impressive résumé that over the course of 166 games reveals his career finishes with 34,990 passing yards and 223 passing touchdowns.
His crowning glory came in the 2018 NFL season when he threw for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns in three games early in the season.
Coming to the New York Jets, Fitzpatrick beat Geno Smith to the starting quarterback position and almost sent the team into the postseason.
Transferring teams over the past 17 years, Fitzpatrick became the highest-earning player selected as a seventh-round draft pick, earning him an estimated $82.1 million.
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