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Veteran NFL Running Back Announces He's Retiring

A New York Jets helmet sitting on the field.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

On Tuesday afternoon, a veteran NFL running back announced his retirement from the league.

Longtime New York Jets running back Bilal Powell announced he's hanging up his cleats. The Jets announced he's signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team.

"I had a couple of opportunities to leave, to go play for some Super Bowl-contending and playoff-contending teams," Powell reflected with newyorkjets.com's Eric Allen. "I remember one year, two of the teams that wanted me in free agency ended up playing each other in the Super Bowl."

He raved about New York fans before announcing his retirement.

"I just always chose to come back to New York because I always wanted to see the trophy come back here again," he said. "It was a thing for me, deep down, when I signed my name on that contract to become a New York Jet, that I wanted to stay a New York Jet, and that was for me personally. I always wanted to see the trophy come back, not only for myself, but for the Jets fan base."

Powell hasn't played in the NFL since the 2019 season, when he appeared in 13 games for the Jets.

New York selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft following a standout career at Louisville. He spent nine seasons with the team, racking up 3,675 rushing yards, 1,600 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.