EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Veteran offensive lineman Joe Looney has decided to retire, sources told ESPN. He signed with the New York Giants late last week.
The move comes as a surprise. Looney is 30 years old and has played with the San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, and Dallas Cowboys for nine seasons. He had lived in Dallas for the past five years.
But the veteran lineman just felt it was time to step back. He didn’t want to take a seat on the squad if his body didn’t give him what he needed.
Looney had already fulfilled his dream of reaching the NFL and had a successful career behind him. He played in 104 career games with 42 starts and passed up an opportunity on which he had the chance to be New York’s backup center.
The Giants signed Looney to a minimum wage contract on Saturday to deepen the inside of their offensive line. Later that day he was in the field.
Looney was in a good mood after Monday’s practice session after having no problem doing a lap alongside quarterback Daniel Jones after a botched snap.
“Yeah, you know, I love to play soccer,” he said. “Football, I grew up with it, man. My family loves it. It’s great to be here. I know Coach [offensive coordinator Jason] Garrett. He’s a great guy. It’s always exciting to work with a new team so it’s very blessed to be here for this opportunity. “
Looney is the third Giants player to quit since camp began. Kelvin Benjamin said he was fed up after being cut last week, and veteran linebacker Todd Davis retired Tuesday after just a few days on the team.