NY Giant’s TE Darren Waller Retires From the NFL at the Age of 31

Darren Waller with the Raiders in 2019
Darren Waller with the Raiders in 2019. Photo by Mark Greenwood/IPS/Shutterstock (10437508bs)

The New York Giants’ tight end Darren Waller announced his retirement from the NFL. Waller is walking away at the age of 31 after playing in the league for eight seasons.

Waller’s retirement doesn’t come as a surprise. The former Pro Bowler hinted earlier in the season that he is considering ending his football career.

 Waller shared his retirement decision through a video posted on YouTube. According to Waller, he recently had a health scare that caused him to rethink his future in the NFL while also adding that he lost some of the passion he had for football.

“Eternally grateful for the game of football. I wouldn’t be able to have this conversation or to think things through or be self-reflective if it wasn’t for an opportunity to save my life and go to rehab, which the NFL offered me,” Waller said. “They also gave me an opportunity to reestablish myself, to come back into the world and do something productive. Provide an example, be a leader, be a difference-maker in my craft but also in my day-to-day wherever I go.”

Darren Waller entered the league in 2015 as the Baltimore Ravens’ sixth-round pick. After playing his rookie season as a wide receiver, Waller ended up switching to tight end position. He remained with the Ravens for three years before signing with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Waller played his best football with the Raiders, making a Pro Bowl in 2020 after making 107 catches for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns. He spent the past season with the New York Giants and dealt with a hamstring injury that limited him to 12 games.

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