New Orleans Saints loses Jermon Bushrod to retirement
The offensive tackle is ready to move on
After 12 years on the pro football field, preceded by all the years playing high school and college ball, Jermon Bushrod has decided that it’s time to make some changes. The 35-year-old offensive tackle has announced that he is retiring from the game, but at least he will have the ability to brag that he went out a Saint.
Bushrod was with the Saints from 2007-2012 before being sent off to the Chicago Bears and then the Miami Dolphins. He made his way back home in 2018 for a single season, starting five games and helping his team take the NFC South title for its third consecutive season. Racking up 145 games, including 128 starts – 68 as a Saint – was enough, and he’s hanging up his cleats.
The offensive lineman explains, “My heart’s always going to be in it, but my mind and body kind of gave me the answer. In my heart of hearts, I’ll be 55 years old and feel like I could still go block somebody. You know it’s not going to happen, but that’s just the competitor in me.”
Technically, Bushrod ended his latest run with the Saints at the end of last year due to terms of the contract. However, he is going to sign a ceremonial one-day contract today, allowing him to retire as a Saint. He adds, “I had a lot of real good years here. We won a Super Bowl here. I had the opportunity to come back here, and this place just means a lot to me.”