Rob Ninkovich retires with the fifth-most sacks in Patriots history. He was a team captain in 2013 and 2015 and was a big part of bringing two championships to the team. However, his career did not take off until he was signed by #The Patriots as a free agent.
Before joining New England, he had appeared in just eight games over three seasons.
He played in 131 games with 101 starts, with 425 tackles, 46 sacks, and five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown in 2011.
The 33-year-old joined the Patriots in 2009 as a linebacker after having spent time in Miami and New Orleans. "That was talking with my family, and looking at the pros and cons". "I'm so grateful for the Patriots organization". "It wasn't an easy decision, but after 11 seasons and 19 years playing football it's time for me to walk away".
There were some laughs too, with Ninkovich saying he looked forward to tailgating, something he hasn't done before.
"There's something to be said about going out on top", Ninkovich said during a press conference that includes coach Bill Belichick and many of Ninkovich's teammates.
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After Belichick spoke at length about Ninkovich as a special player and "really special guy", it was Kraft's turn to heap praise on Ninkovich during what Belichick described as a day of mixed emotions. "I never coached a more unselfish player". The presence of teammates shows the respect that Ninkovich has among his peers.
A tearful Ninkovich spoke directly to Belichick at the news conference. He said, "You have to be honest with yourself, when you go squat and are sore for a week, it's not a good thing". I hope it was enough. Just today, a star of the Patriots announced his retirement in the NFL after eleven seasons in the league.
His retirement opens a spot opposite Trey Flowers, most likely for Kony Ealy, a second-round draft pick the Patriots picked up from Carolina in a trade during the offseason.
"Got to love a guy like Ninko, you know, cause maybe half the guys here might not know who he is but he has had a great career", Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas said.
On the multiple television screens in the room read the following message: "Thank you Rob Ninkovich, 2X Super Bowl champ". If I am not mistaken early in his career he bounced around a little bit and been cut a couple of times.