T.J Ward announced his retirement from the NFL after 8 impressive seasons. A vital member of the Denver Broncos’ “No Fly Zone” is shutting down his patrol zone for good. Ward was essential in the Broncos victorious chase of Super Bowl 50, as the Broncos defence spearheaded the team to their 3rd Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
Ward was an effective and productive safety. Across his 8 years, he played for the Cleveland Browns, the Denver Broncos and lastly the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ward earned two Pro Bowl bids during his career in 2014 and 2015 and compiled 607 tackles, eight interceptions, and 10 forced fumbles. The 34-year-old last played in 2017 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) April 21, 2021
T.J Ward announced his retirement on Twitter.
“This period came fast, and yet it felt prolonged,” he said in a statement. “We each have our own journey in this life and in this sport, and I proudly followed mine until my football path was complete. Regardless of the ups and downs, I stayed the course. Football is in my blood. I would play as long as I was able. In the end, I wasn’t allowed to play anymore.”
“I am honored and blessed to have completed 8 NFL years! Second-round draft pick, all-rookie team, all-pro, pro-bowler and Super Bowl 50 champion,” he said. “The journey has been amazing!”
For everything this game brought me I am forever grateful, to the fans I gave my all too, to the teams I gave my all too. To my family who gave there all to me through all the ups and downs, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Blessed 8 years! #wardcorp pic.twitter.com/7OofnBEReI
— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) April 21, 2021
“Thank you to the Cleveland Browns organization for drafting me and being my first NFL home,” he said. “Thank you to the Denver Broncos for an amazing three years. It was a pleasure playing for such an amazing organization!
Winning the Lombardi Trophy was the highlight of my career. No Fly! Thank you, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals, for also giving me opportunities to be a part of your organizations.”
Blessing family on great career . Me and you in that dime nickel package was amazing together . https://t.co/mBA3nsfmac
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) April 21, 2021
T.J Ward last played for an NFL team in 2017, when he was a part of the Bucs. T.J Ward auditioned for the Arizona Cardinals last year but did not get the job. A great veteran safety with an impressive career.