Running back Bilal Powell announced his retirement from the NFL after signing a one-day contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday.
Powell, 33, spent nine seasons as a member of the Jets. He last played an NFL game on Dec. 29, 2019.
“Man, it’s going to take me all the way back to the time when there were people who probably didn’t believe in me,” Powell said. “You don’t think about the future at that time. Now, you think about all the moments, the memories. You miss certain things about it, right? And to know that this chapter of my life is closure for me and to understand I’m a Jet for life, I don’t think too many guys can say that they came through and played this game.”
Powell rushed for 3,675 yards and 15 touchdowns and had 211 catches for 1,600 yards and five scores in 109 career games (38 starts) with New York. He was selected by the Jets in the fourth round out of Louisville in the 2011 NFL Draft.