Giants Long Snapper Zak DeOssie Officially Announces Retirement

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

New York Giants long snapper extraordinaire Zak DeOssie made it official on Friday: he is retiring from football, and moving into the private sector to work for Goldman Sachs.

DeOssie had decided to retire following last season, which he finished on injured reserve after 199 games played with the G-Men, but “officially” confirmed his retirement in a Tweet on Friday so he could take the opportunity to “acknowledge those who have made this experience so awesome – and this milestone so bittersweet.”

And it was a statement he punctuated with a quote from Eli Manning: “Once a Giant, Always a Giant, Only a Giant.”

Thank you @Giants, friends, family, and fans for the privilege of the last 13 years. What a ride! Excited for the next chapter at @GoldmanSachs. #onlyagiant pic.twitter.com/e5w1Bss19G

— Zak DeOssie (@zdeossie) August 7, 2020

Manning and DeOssie were the last players remaining from Big Blue’s last Super Bowl run, so this retirement officially closes that chapter.

Zak, a linebacker by trade like his father – fellow long snapper and former Giant Steve DeOssie – was selected by the G-Men in the fourth round (No. 116 overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft and spent all 13 of his NFL seasons with the Giants. He recorded 86 tackles in his career, but made his bones at one of football’s most important but most underappreciated positions.

Still, over his football career, the younger DeOssie racked up quite a few accolades; among them, he was the first Brown University player ever invited to the NFL combine, reached two Pro Bowls as a long snapper, and, when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII, he and Steve became the first father-son duo to win a Super Bowl with the same franchise (Steve, who was a Giant from 1989-93, was part of the Super Bowl XXV team).

The Giants, of course, also sent DeOssie out with well-wishes.

Thank you, Zak DeOssie Once a Giant, Always a Giant --: https://t.co/u94nV8etEj pic.twitter.com/SiASQs7LKA

— New York Giants (@Giants) August 7, 2020

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