by Matt Minarik
Eagles great Malcolm Jenkins has announced he is retiring from the NFL after an extremely successful and impactful 13 year career.
The New Jersey native was drafted with the 14th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2009. He spent the first five years and the last two years with the Saints. In 2014 Jenkins signed with the Eagles as a free agent and was instrumental in the Eagles 2017 Super Bowl run.
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 was a leader on and off the field. As great of leader he was wearing midnight green, he was even a bigger leader in the community. In light of major tragedies, Jenkins sought out change both with local police and with government officials. Leading a group of NFL players, Jenkins set up a meeting with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, conducted ride alongs with Philadelphia police to engage with the community. In addition, he and four other NFL players also visited the White House to speak to Congressional members about race relations and criminal justice reform.
We have seen the last of Malcolm Jenkins in pads and a helmet, but it is with almost certainty we will continue to see him within the numerous communities he continues to help. Enjoy retirement Malcolm!