Houston Texans RB Derrick Ward is calling it a career after 8 full seasons in the NFL. Ward sent a tweet earlier today stating:
To all my fans just wanted to let u know its been a great ride the last 9yrs but I’m calling it a career. I thank u all for believing in me!
Ward was drafted in 2004 out of Ottowa University in the 7th round by the New York Jets, he would move across town to the Giants before the year ended. He became part of the “Earth, Wind, and Fire” backfield along with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, helping the Giants to win Super Bowl 42, later that year he left for Tampa Bay via Free Agency.
Ward was a Buccaneer for only one year before signing with the Houston Texans, where he shared the backfield with Arian Foster and Ben Tate.
Ward finishes his career with a 4.8 ypc average, with 12 TDs, and 2,578 yards, he’s only 31 years old and has a bright future ahead of him.