OAKLAND CA - OCTOBER 3: Running back Derrick Ward #32 of the Houston Texans drags safety Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders into the endzone for a touchdown during an NFL football game October 3 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Derrick Ward has decided to retire. The Houston Texans running back will leave football behind after spending nine seasons with three different teams.
Houston Texans running back Derrick Ward was never quite a household name, but he did put together a solid NFL career that included a Super Bowl XLII victory as a member of the New York Giants. Now he's calling it quits.
On Tuesday, Ward took to his Twitter account to announce his retirement from professional football.
To all my fans just wanted to let u know its been a great ride the last 9yrs but I'm calling it a career. I thank u all for believing in me!— Derrick Ward (@DerrickWard32) July 3, 2012
Ward finishes his career with 2,628 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry in his nine years with the Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Texans. Ward was drafted in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL draft, but was released and picked up by the New York Jets as a member of the practice squad. The Giants signed him away from the Jets in October 2004 and he made his debut that year.
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