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Dolphins NT Jason Ferguson Surprisingly Announces Retirement

In March the NFL suspended NT Jason Ferguson eight games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drugs policy. The Dolphins somewhat surprisingly re-signed him just days later.

Now comes the surprising news that Ferguson has announced his retirement from football.

“You get what you put into this game. I would like to thank my family, the fans and the organizations that I have been a part of for their continued support throughout my career, it’s been an absolute blessing to play this long,” explained Ferguson. “I have built a lot of relationships, you develop an extended family playing this game; I would like to thank that extended family, the teammates, the coaches, the support staffs that have all played a part of a great ride.”

Ferguson, 35, was selected by Bill Parcells and the Jets in the seventh round of the 1997 draft. He moved onto the Cowboys from 2005-7 and then the Dolphins. He was hired by Parcells at every stop in his NFL career.

"Jason was a key contributor on three different teams for many years at one of the NFL’s toughest jobs,” stated Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells. “I am grateful and I will miss him.”

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