On Wednesday, former Eagles’ safety Malcolm Jenkins announced his retirement. After 13 seasons in the league, Jenkins will walk away with two Super Bowl wins from two different franchises.
Malcolm Jenkins retires today as the only player in NFL history to defeat both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a Super Bowl
Jenkins & the @Saints defeated Manning & the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV 🏆
Jenkins & the @Eagles defeated Brady & the Patriots in Super Bowl LII 🏆
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 30, 2022
Today he stated, “I played the game at the highest level for 13 seasons. And I have accomplished Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, all that there is to do in this game. And when I came in, I always wanted to make an impact on the game on and off the field. And I just feel like at this point I’ve accomplished that.”
“You know, you grind and put everything into this game in order to play at a certain level,” Jenkins continued. “You sacrifice your body, your time, your mental… And I’m like,’If I can do this, at this level, amongst the greatest in the world at what I’m doing, I’m excited to put that energy into something else.’ It’s that time. And I know that that’s a huge blessing, and I don’t take that for granted, to be able to choose to walk away from the game.”
Grateful 🙏🏾 After 13 seasons, my time on the football field has come to an end. I’m just a boy from Piscataway, who through this game, became a champion in the sport and a champion for the people. My time on the field may be over, but I’ll never stop fighting for the people. ✊🏾🖤 pic.twitter.com/vd9u5eNU0H
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) March 30, 2022
JENKINS’ NFL LEGACY
Coming out of Ohio State, the New Orleans Saints selected Jenkins in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He earned his first career start in the latter half of his rookie season, finishing the year with 55 combines tackles, four pass deflections, and one interception.
The Saints clinched the playoffs that season, appearing and winning Super Bowl XLIV. Jenkins recorded five solo tackles and a pass deflection during that victory.
Jenkins became a standout player, putting up solid numbers season after season. In 2014, he became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles under head coach Chip Kelly.
In his first season with the Eagles, he was announced as a starter. He finished the year with 80 combined tackles, 15 passes deflected, three interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and a touchdown.
Jenkins was announced to his first Pro Bowl in 2016 as a seventh alternate. He then signed a four-year contract extension with Philadelphia, then under head coach Doug Pederson. In 2017 and 2018, he was ranked in the NFL Top 100 Players. He was also selected to two consecutive Pro Bowls both years.
The safety then appeared in his second Super Bowl, coming out victorious again. He recorded four solo tackles and one pass deflection in the game.
In 2020, the Eagles declined to pick up a contract for Jenkins making him a free agent. The New Orleans Saints signed him back with a four-year contract. Despite being in his thirties, Jenkins’ playmaking skills never wavered.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 30, 2022
Jenkins will now retire with 1,044 combined tackles (804 solo), 21 interceptions, 20 forced fumbles, and 11 fumble recoveries.