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Veteran tight end Jake Ballard retires

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Print This August 06, 2014, 02:48 PM EST

Veteran tight end Jake Ballard has announced his retirement.

Ballard played for the New York Giants, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals.

He tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a Super Bowl win over the Patriots.

“Yesterday I made the difficult decision to retire from the game of football,” Ballard said in a statement. “I love this game and have put my heart and soul into it for as long as I can remember. After sustaining a serious knee injury while playing for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, my body never felt the same. Having a quality of life after football is very important to me and I have witnessed it taken away from others. I will miss the game tremendously, but I am ready for this next chapter in my life.

"It was an honor and a privilege to play for the NY Giants, New England Patriots, and most recently the Arizona Cardinals. I met amazing people from all of my teammates, to opponents, to trainers, to coaches, to owners, and everyone in between. I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your fraternity and I wish you all nothing but success.”

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