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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Chandler Catanzaro got to the New York Jets‘ facility early Friday morning and headed to Adam Gase’s office to deliver his surprising news.
The 28-year-old kicker chose to retire from playing football after a shaky start to training camp.
“He came in and told me that he was done, retiring,” Gase said Sunday, a few hours after the team announced Catanzaro’s decision.
Catanzaro signed with New York during the offseason for a second stint with the team, but struggled with consistency during camp. He then missed two extra points in the Jets’ 31-22 preseason-opening loss to the Giants on Thursday night.
Apparently, that cemented Catanzaro’s decision.
“What a ride,” Catanzaro wrote on Instagram. “God has blessed me far more than I deserve. When I finished my career at Clemson, playing in the NFL was just a dream. After five years in the league, it’s time to move on. I can’t say I ever thought I would’ve been a kicker, but I’m thankful that kicking chose me.”
Gase said Catanzaro didn’t give him a detailed reason as to why he wanted to walk away from the game, but the coach added he had no idea the kicker was leaning that way.
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