Giants LS DeOssie retires after 13 seasons

New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie said Friday that he is retiring after 13 seasons.

DeOssie, 36, played in 199 regular-season games, the fifth most in Giants’ history. The two-time Pro Bowler also played in two Super Bowl victories for New York during a stint that began in 2007.

“I am retiring from football,” DeOssie said in a statement. “As many of you know, I made this decision months ago, but I wanted to make a formal announcement to acknowledge those who have made this experience so awesome — and this milestone is so bittersweet.”

DeOssie was a team captain in each of the past nine seasons. He was limited to 11 games last season and finished the campaign on injured reserve due to knee and wrist injuries.

DeOssie was a fourth-round draft choice from Brown before becoming one of the NFL’s top snappers.

“I am forever grateful for the opportunity, the lifelong friendships, and ten lifetimes worth of memories — the big wins on big stages, the tiny victories behind the scenes, and the challenges that have taught me so much,” DeOssie said in his statement. “(Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning) said it best: Once a Giant, Always a Giant, Only a Giant. What an honor.”

DeOssie’s father, Steve, also played for the Giants for 4 1/2 seasons from 1989-93 as part of a 12-year NFL career.

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